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Communication Studies, B.A., B.S.
Many of the most desirable and in-demand careers are related to communication. The program offers a wide range of coursework and allows students to study generally about communication or concentrate their study in a specific professional area.
The communications studies program stresses 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. The curriculum covers a wide variety of topics, including courses from other major programs within and outside the School of Communications relevant to communication studies.
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, political science, digital studies, and more.
Why Study Communication at Grand Valley?
- Communication studies majors have flexibility, options, and electives within their curriculum.
- Faculty members are engaged teachers and active scholars with various and complementary areas of academic and professional expertise.
- There are many opportunities to develop talents and gain professional experience through the campus newspaper (Lanthorn), student-run television (GVTV), and radio (Whale), as well as with the visual and performing arts, and internships in professional settings (PBS/NPR) both on and off campus.
- Coursework trains students to apply communication theories and concepts in a variety of work settings, while demonstrating the ability to think strategically, solve problems, and act ethically and legally.
- Career opportunities are varied and wide-ranging for communications professionals.