Brian  Parks

Brian Parks

"Being supported by Grand Valley to go to conferences was mind blowing to me. It helped me dream a little bit bigger." - Brian Parks '08, Financial Analyst, Herman Miller Read More

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Southwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: Communication Studies

First Year

First Semester
ENGL 103 3
SPEE 104 3
MATH 136 4
Humanities elective 3
World Perspectives elective 3
Second Semester
ENGL 104 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 4

Second Year

First Semester
SPEE 102 3
Social Science elective 3
Elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
Elective 3
Second Semester
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Science elective 3
Social Science elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S., B.A.. Students seeking the B.A. degree must demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students seeking the B.S. degree must take MATH 150.
  • Students may want to consider transferring after one year of basic courses. Many of the required freshman/sophomore communication courses are not available at Southwestern Michigan College.
  • Possible electives include:  COMM 115, THEA 180, THEA 181,  ART 105 and BUSI 221.
  • World Perspectives electives:  GERM 202, PHIL 201, SOCI 101, SPAN 202
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  SOCI 202, SOCI 203, SOCI 240
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities elective must be a non-SPEE course.  Social science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Possible electives:  COMM 115, ENGL 268, BUSI 221, ART 105, THEA 180, THEA 181


Communication is a multidisciplinary liberal arts and professional field. At Grand Valley a student may choose a general major in communications or one of seven specialized majors. These majors include: Film and Video Production, Photography, Theatre, Advertising and Public Relations, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Health Communications.

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