Trinity Western University

School of the Arts, Media and Culture

Media and Communication

Department of Media and Communication

Dr. Kevin Schut, Chair

To study communications is to investigate how people understand, influence, and relate to each other through the creation and co-creation of messages in diverse contexts and situations. Students in this program examine and gain experience in the power, creativity, and responsibilities of media communication, leadership communication, and professional writing. The Department offers opportunity for on- and off-campus practica and co-op work opportunities to help students bridge the gap between university and career-related professional experience. The program is rooted in critical thinking and Christian ethics with the goal to develop leaders of integrity, wisdom, and honesty.

The Department of Media and Communication features a liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes and assists students to think, create, write, lead, and speak well and which offers the opportunity for skill development in numerous communication contexts.

The Department offers:

  1. A major in Communications with a choice of three streams: Media Communication, Leadership Communication, and Professional Writing, leading to a B.A. degree;
  2. A major in Corporate Communications (in conjunction with the School of Business);
    Note: This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education effective May 27, 2010, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
  3. A concentration in Communications;
  4. A concentration in Communications: Film Studies;
  5. A minor in Communications;
  6. A minor in Communications: Film Studies;
  7. A minor in Communications: Professional Writing.

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Major in Communications, B.A. Degree

General Stream

Media Communication Stream

Leadership Communication Stream

Professional Writing Stream

Major in Corporate Communications, B.A. Degree (30 sem. hrs. of Communications courses and 30 sem. hrs. of Business courses)

Concentration in Communications (30 sem. hrs.)

Media Communication

Leadership Communication

Professional Writing

Concentration in Communications: Film Studies (30 sem. hrs.)

Concentration/Minor in Communications: Film Studies (30/24 sem. hrs.)

Minor in Communications (24 sem. hrs.)

Minor in Communications: Professional Writing (24 sem. hrs.)

Programs, Activities, and Facilities

Practica Program

This program provides part-time work during the regular school year and summer in a communications job that earns the student credit towards his or her degree. Students typically work in public relations, journalism, media production, or technical writing. Practicum options also include the opportunity to work on the student newspaper (Mars’ Hill), student yearbook (The Pillar), or video yearbook (The Reel). In addition, students may do practica abroad. A maximum of 8 sem. hrs. may be taken as practica credit, of which 3 sem. hrs. apply to the major requirements and 5 sem. hrs. may apply to University electives.

Co-op Education Program

This program provides paid full-time employment during work semesters in the communications field. Three work semesters earn the student a co-op designation on the B.A. degree. For a complete co-op description, see the Additional Curricular Information: Co-operative Education section of this Calendar.

Culture and Leadership Communication in Guatemala

This travel study program places students in the World Heritage City of Antigua, Tikal, the Mayan highlands, and Caribbean coast of Belize and Guatemala. Students explore the historical and contemporary cultural contexts of the Maya, the Ladino, and the Garifuna (Black Caribs) and how these identities shape communication and leadership. On a personal level, students experience cultural adaptation and cross-cultural interaction. On a community level, students interact with leaders who are empowering nationals to develop their own communities. Courses may include COMM 302; 452 and 451 (IDIS 450) with cross-lists in Anthropology and Linguistics.

Leadership Communication and Development in Kenya

This travel study program offers courses in which students examine issues raised by the diverse tribal, linguistic, religious, economic, and environmental contexts of East Africa. Students also engage with various organizations devoted to addressing these issues. These organizations include bodies such as the United Nations, governments (Kenyan and foreign), and religious and humanitarian groups. Perhaps most meaningful is student involvement with communities and the application of transformational leadership principles for effective community development. Courses may include COMM 302; 452 and 451 (IDIS 450) with cross-lists in Anthropology and Linguistics.

Laurentian Leadership Centre of TWU (Ottawa)

Media and Communication students earn 9 sem. hrs. in Political Studies and 6 sem. hrs. in Media and Communication practicum while living in the nation’s capital for a semester (fall or spring). Entrance is by application and acceptance. Note: all 6 sem. hrs. of Communications practicum from the LLC may be counted towards the Communications major. Past practica placements have included journalism posts at the Ottawa Citizen and communication assistant roles for Members of Parliament.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center

In conjunction with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), this program offers, within a Christian liberal arts perspective, one semester of film courses and production courses from industry professionals, resulting in 16 sem. hrs. of Media and Communication credit at Trinity Western.

Multi-Media Computer Lab

Students from the Department of Media and Communication have access to computers in several locations on campus, including labs in Neufeld and the Library. These labs give access to video editing software as well as graphic-editing programs. Students in production courses can sign out several digital video cameras and a full complement of lighting and digital film production equipment. Students who learn these technologies are likely candidates for practica positions that serve clients on and off campus.

The TWU Recording Studio

The TWU Recording Studio is a digital music and audio post-production facility. It features Cubase and Reason on a Macintosh platform with a collection of professional audio production equipment. Students who learn these technologies are likely candidates for practica positions that serve clients on and off campus.

Digital Gaming Lab

This extensive collection of historic and contemporary video game systems, older computers, and games is housed in the Vernon Strombeck Building during the semesters COMM 380 is taught. The lab enables students to interact with the history of digital games.

Instructional Computing Lab

The Communications Department provides opportunity for students to learn digital layout and design in the University’s instructional computing lab in the Canadian Institute of Linguistics building, providing a sound foundation for further digital production studies.

Job Opportunities

Communications graduates have pursued careers in journalism, broadcasting, corporate communications, film production, marketing, and ministry. In addition, the program has assisted students who have entered law school and graduate school.

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