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, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 51
    • Minor Credit Hours: 18
    • Career Opportunities:
      • Personnel recruiter or manager
      • Director of training and development
      • Communication consultant
      • Media relations specialist
      • Public relations coordinator or reporter
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Program Concentrations

    The Communication major offers three concentrations, giving you the opportunity to select an area that aligns with a distinct vocational focus.

    • Broadcast Communication - Tailored for students who enjoy public speaking and envision a career that deals with the electronic publics.
    • General Communication Studies - Structured as a comprehensive, thorough approach to the field.
    • Strategic Communication - Designed for students who desire to craft communication in business or non-profit settings.
  • Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in Communication Studies.

  • 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.

Career Outcomes

  • Aulbrie Sass ('14) served as a broadcast intern in Nairobi, Kenya, and with Make-A-Wish Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Spencer Penfield ('14) held Positions as a Specialist at Apple in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Social Media Manager for Cornerstone University.
  • Caleb Drenth ('12) participated as an intern at Grace Bible Camp and now owns Crossfit in Whitehall, Michigan.
  • Stephanie Mills ('12) works as a full-time Anchor/Reporter for KENS5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degree requires the following classes:

  • COM-212 Interpersonal Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COM-311 Intercultural Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COM-315 Communication Theory (3 credit hours)
  • COM-321 Group Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COM-322 Advanced Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • COM-326 Organizational Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COM-339 Social Media (3 credit hours)
  • COM-369 Communication Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • COM-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • COM-400 Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • COM-433 Nonverbal Communication (3 credit hours)
  • MDA-121 Introduction to Digital Media (3 credit hours)
  • Concentration courses—Broadcast or strategic communication (15 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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