English/Communication back to programs

Be both a reader and a writer.

Businesses and churches value the writing and critical thinking skills of a humanities degree; our unique English/Communication major gives you both. You’ll read Flannery O’Connor and William Shakespeare in the morning, learn to write news leads in the afternoon, and after dinner you’ll finish your story for the Trinity Digest. Read great books and have an answer for the “usefulness” question.



The English/Communication major combines a substantial portion of the English major with coursework and hands-on training in media writing and other communication methods. You will build skills in publishing, design, and even politics, and will complete an internship where you’ll put your work in front of real audiences. Some courses include:

  • Mass Communication
  • Media Writing

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Trinity English/Comm students are known in the community for their strong writing and their reliable characters. You’ll start gaining practical writing and publishing experience working on the Trinity Digest or The Trillium, the campus arts journal, and then you’ll intern in a professional setting. Trinity is located just north of Chicago, so you can pursue internships that will build a distinguished resume and that often launch students’ careers in corporate communications. publishing, or even ministry.

Career Objectives Include:


Course Title Credits
English/Communication Core (53 hours)
Genre Courses (6 hours)
ENG 220 Studies in Poetry 3 hours
ENG 222 Studies in Fiction 3 hours
Communication Courses (12 hours)
COM 120 Survey of Communication Theory 3 hours
ENG 240X Writing for Media I 3 hours
ENG 340X Writing for Media II 3 hours
ENG 440X Topics in Media Studies 3 hours
Practical Courses (8 hours minimum)
ENG 243X Desktop Publishing 2 hours
ENG 445X Internship 3 hours
3 hours required from the following (with instructor’s guidance and consent)
ENG 241X Prepracticum 1 hour
ENG 242X Prepracticum 2 hours
ENG 441X Prepracticum 1 hour
ENG 442X Practicum 3 hours
Skill Course (3 hours) – Choose one:
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
ENG 210 Business Communication 3 hours
ENG 336 Creative Writing 3 hours
Period Courses (6 hours)
ENG 306 Renaissance Literature 3 hours
ENG 310 Romantic Literature 3 hours
Period and Author Courses (6 hours) – Choose two:
ENG 230 Survey of Contemporary Critical Theory 3 hours
ENG 302 Classical Literature 3 hours
ENG 316 Modern European Literature 3 hours
ENG 318 American Literature I 3 hours
ENG 320 American Literature II 3 hours
ENG 350 Topics in Literature 3 hours
ENG 406 Shakespeare 3 hours
Advanced Courses (6 hours)
ENG 414 History and Structure of English Language 3 hours
ENG 420 Capstone Seminar in the British Novel 3 hours
Related Courses (6 hours)
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
POL 250 American Government 3 hours