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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

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Communications and Critical Thinking (B.A.)

Your future is here.

Prepare yourself for a long and satisfying career in a variety of fields with this three-year program, exclusive to Trent University Durham. Communications and Critical Thinking encourages you to develop durable and transferable skills, prized by a variety of employers. By combining a few core courses--in project management, writing, research, and numeracy, for example--with ones (selected by you) from other programs, you’ll learn to become a creative, logical, and integrative thinker and an expert communicator.   

In your courses, you'll learn to respond to complex questions by drawing on, integrating, and responding to high-level research from a variety of academic fields. What does it take to be happy? How is technology changing who we are and what we do? Why are numbers crucial for understanding our most fundamental issues? How do words change the world? As important as the answers are to these questions, just as important are the ways they are answered, with diligent research, agile thinking, and focused communication.  This program will help you acquire and refine these essential skills, including your ability to collaborate with others, analyze complex problems, create and manage workable and ambitious projects, and communicate persuasively and clearly. 

For more information about the CCTH program, please contact:
Professor Joel Baetz
For information about Trent University Durham or for admission inquiries, please contact: 
Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Flude
 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm. 101.3 

First Year CCTH Course Descriptions:

CCTH 1000H: Happiness: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
The course has two aims: one, to introduce students to the burgeoning field of happiness studies; and, two, to help students understand the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary study. We will ask the question, “What does it take to be happy?”—and answer it by reading widely in psychology, literature, sociology, economics, philosophy, and cultural studies.

MATH-CCTH 1080H: Math for Everyday Life (Sc)
Should you buy a ticket for 6/49 or Super 7? If you test positive for a rare disease, what is the chance that you actually have it? How are E. coli bacteria and interest rates related? These are some of the questions we will investigate in this course. We will also look into the use, misuse, and abuse of mathematics in the media. 

PHIL 1200H: Critical Thinking
An introduction to basic principles of good reasoning and argumentation in everyday life and various academic disciplines. Topics include argument structure and evaluation, clarity of expression, common mistakes in reasoning, inductive and deductive reasoning, and formal logic. 

WRIT 1001H: Write in Time
This writing-intensive course aims to provide practical and cumulative skills in writing clearly, correctly, and persuasively across disciplines and situations. The course assumes the importance of a close relationship among reading, thinking, and writing, and operates on the premise that the practice of writing encourages thinking and promotes innovative, insightful reflection. 

The Communications and Critical Thinking degree requires students to take a total of 15.0 credits, which must include these 5.0 credits

Career Paths:

Public Relations / Professional Administration / Communications Strategist / Project Manager