Communication Studies

Communications Studies

Analyze, manage, and improve communication in all arenas.

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. 

In this program, 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
The Communication major is divided into two specializations or cognates that give a distinct vocational focus to the student’s major.  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.

What can I do with a major in Communication studies?

Communication Studies offers concentrations in the following areas...

As a graduate of this program, you might find work as a:

  • non-profit communications director
  • personnel recruiter/manager 
  • director of training and development or human resources
  • communication consultant
  • director of university admissions, alumni relations, student affairs
  • church staff member
  • sales representative
  • public relations coordinator
  • media relations specialist
  • on-air announcer/reporter

What internships and partnerships are available for students in the Communications program?

Study abroad during a J-term Ireland trip, Chicago Semester, Internships throughout West Michigan.

What are graduates of the Communication program doing now?

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.

With a major in Communications Studies, what classes will I take?

  • Advanced Public Speaking focuses on creating messages around ideas that stick.
  • Announcing and Reporting is an applied praxis class where students write and perform/record news packages as anchors in a TV studio and reporters in the field.
  • Interpersonal Communication is often reported to be the most useful college class that students take in terms of forming and maintaining relationships both professional and personal.

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Communication Studies?


Desiree Duff, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Communication