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Communication Studies, B.A., B.S.

Many of the most desirable and in-demand careers are related to communication. The Communication Studies program offers a wide range of coursework and allows students to study generally about communication or concentrate their study in a specific professional area.

It is possible to combine Communication Studies with other major or minor programs, such as Advertising and Public Relations, Business, Marketing, Health Communication, Multimedia Journalism, Writing, Photography, Philosophy, Sociology, and other areas of study.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The program stresses communication skills, such as the analysis of written and visual communication, designing clear and informative messages, building persuasive appeals, and critically analyzing the persuasive appeals of others.

Students choose from either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The curriculum includes coursework covering a wide variety of communication topics, including courses from other major programs within and outside the School of Communications relevant to Communication Studies.

Why Study Communication at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty in the Communication Studies program are engaged teachers and active scholars with various, and complementary, areas of academic and professional expertise.
  • Communication Studies majors have flexibility, options, and electives within their curriculum.
  • Communication Studies majors have opportunities to develop their talents and gain professional experience, which includes the campus newspaper (Lanthorn), student-run television (GVTV) and radio (Whale), opportunities with the visual and performing arts, and internships in professional settings, both on campus (PBS/NPR) and off campus.
  • Graduates of the program gain skills in professional and civic communication that are valuable in the workplace or further graduate study.

Helpful Links

For More Information

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

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Career Options

Professional opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Media
  • Writing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Promotions and sales
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Communication research
  • Philanthropic organizations