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Communications, Majors in the School of

The study of communication at Grand Valley State University emphasizes a broad understanding of the field combined with a solid knowledge of specific technical and professional skills. Studies in the School of Communications include classroom lectures and discussion, research projects, individual and team presentations, and many other professional and academic activities.

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Program Overview

The School of Communications offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the following majors:

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Communication Studies
  • Health Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism

Why Study in the School of Communications at Grand Valley?

  • The study of communications at Grand Valley emphasizes a broad understanding of the field combined with a solid knowledge of specific technical skills.
  • Foregrounding a liberal arts context, emphasis is placed on learning-by-doing.
  • Students participate in a variety of creative/learning and professional activities in their major field of study.
  • State-of-the-art facilities support current and emergent technologies and enhance student competence in their use.
  • Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in a professional setting related to their specific field of study.

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For More Information

School of Communications
290 Lake Superior Hall
(616) 331-3668

Admissions Office


Majors gain communication skills and study a variety of core communications topics, including:

  • Concepts of communication
  • Communication ethics
  • Media and society
  • Speech
  • Storymaking
  • Communication theory

In addition, students take specialized coursework to complete their particular major program requirements.

The School of Communications also offers a masters in Communications degree. For more details, see

Career Options

Career opportunities vary per major choice. Visit for details or for information on each major.


“I couldn't help myself. Once I took an introductory communications course at GVSU, I was hooked. I love the subject of communication studies because it’s not only incredibly fascinating, but also entirely relevant to my career, my personal life and everything in between.”