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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.


61%
Alums Working in Their Field

61% of GVSU communications alumni work in their field post-graduation.

6%
National Job Growth

Communications opportunities are projected to grow 6% in the US by 2025.

12,000+
Michigan Jobs Spanning a Variety of Occupations

More than 12,000 communications-related jobs were available in Michigan in 2019.


Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

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?

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Program Details