Manage and improve communication.

You probably know how important effective communication skills are in your life. What you may not know is how critical they are to your future career success. When you study Communication at Cornerstone, you develop relational and critical thinking skills that give you a competitive edge as you prepare for communication-related occupations and ministries.  You’ll focus on building relationships and communities in a way that honors Christ and serves others.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Communication & Media
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Concentrations

    The Communication major is divided into two concentrations that give a distinct vocational focus to the student's major: Broadcast Communication and Strategic Communication.
    • Broadcast Communication is tailored for students who enjoy public speaking in front of a microphone or camera and who envision a career that deals with the electronic publics.
    • Strategic Communication is tailored for students who enjoy crafting communication in business or non-profit settings, i.e. the softer skills of business.

    Career Opportunities

    • Non Profit Communications Director
    • Personnel Recruiter/Manager
    • Director of training and development or human resources
    • Communication Consultant
    • Media Relations Specialist
    • On-air Announcer/Reporter
    • Public Relations Coordinator
    • Sales Representative
    • Church staff member
    • Director of University Admissions, Alumni Relations, Student Affairs
  • Interesting Classes

    • Advanced Public Speaking
    • Announcing and Reporting
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Communication Theory
    • Social Media
    • Nonverbal Communication
    • Introduction to Digital Media

    Study Abroad Opportunities

    • J-Term Ireland Trip
    • Chicago Semester
  • Program Outcomes

    With a degree in Communication Studies, you will:

    • Strengthen core communication skills in interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication and public speaking.
    • Learn how to competently construct and professionally present messages to audiences in various settings - business meetings, small groups, interpersonal, and external publics.
    • Develop practical and analytical skills for team and community building.
    • Examine communication strategically through public relations, marketing communication, advertising, persuasion, and communication campaigns.
    • Specialize in broadcast announcing, reporting and radio production.


  • Aulbrie Sass (2014). Internship in broadcasting Nairobi, Kenya, and Make-A-Wish foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Stephanie Mills (2012). Full-time anchor/reporter KENS5 San Antonio, Texas.
  • Spencer Penfield (2014). Specialist at Apple in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Social Media Manager for Cornerstone University.
  • Caleb Drenth (2012). Internship at Grace Bible Camp, now Owner at Crossfit, Whitehall, Michigan.