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Communication Studies

Human communication is complex. Learning the intricacies of our day-to-day interactions is a valuable asset. Understanding communications can help you make wise business decisions and connect with people around the world.

A communications degree from Cornerstone University gives you an edge. You’ll explore communication through a faith-based lens, take part in case studies and even do research of your own to connect the dots and cross communication barriers.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Communication, Media & Music Division

Format

  • Residential

Degree Plan

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Of Communication, Media & Music Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

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to Communicate Diligently

A bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Cornerstone will prepare you for multiple career tracks. Every organization needs good communicators—good writers, good speakers, good mentors—to keep them on track and take them in the right direction. You’ll understand that good communication goes beyond words. It creates relationships and builds lasting bonds.

Our graduates end up in communications-based positions all over the country and across the world. They become content writers, marketing strategists and even professors. They have the can-do attitude that gets them farther, and education that provides a strong foundation for their future.

Through this program, you will develop relational and critical thinking skills to drive you toward your goals. Through hands-on simulations and campaigns in public relations, marketing communication, advertising and speech, you will strengthen core communication skills in interpersonal, intercultural and group communication. Our program offers specializations in broadcast announcing, reporting and radio production.

Careers

Your potential for a career in the communications field is limitless. Our graduates find innovative ways to enter the workforce after graduation by building off of their marketable skills and finding specializations that best suit them.

Opportunities

  • Communication consultant
  • Reporter
  • Personnel manager
  • Media relations specialist
  • Sportscaster
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Director of training and development

Internships

We have partnered with hundreds of organizations across West Michigan who cultivate and inspire our students to achieve more. They hire our interns at advertising agencies, marketing firms and beyond. You’ll walk across the stage at graduation with real-world experience that has prepared you for your future.

Opportunities

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Partners Worldwide
  • Townsquare Media
  • WOOD TV8
  • Kent County Parks Foundation
  • Access of West Michigan

Course List

The communication studies program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select a sample four-year degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in communication studies.

Communication Studies: Broadcast Communication Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Communication Studies: Strategic Communication Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

COM-212 Interpersonal Communication

Study of the theory and practice of interpersonal communication. This course emphasizes the cultural, social, psychological, semantic, developmental and practical variables which influence communication in significant relationships. Students develop competence through a variety of learning experiences.

COM-311 Intercultural Communication

An investigation into the many variables extant among people and groups with different cultural backgrounds, including the study of similarities and differences across cultures.

COM-312 Persuasion

A study of the major theories, principles and strategies associated with persuasion and social influence. The course examines how a variety of factors impact attitudes, beliefs and behaviors, with a focus on applying the understanding of those factors to the design of persuasive messages.

COM-315 Communication Theory

Examination and evaluation of general, thematic, and contextual theories of communication. The course includes philosophical assumptions that impact the theoretical development of a Christian perspective for communication studies.

COM-321 Group Communication

The study of general and specific group communication theories and their relationship to communication in a variety of group settings. Topics include group formation, cohesiveness, groupthink, norms, leadership, decision-making and conflict. Students become better leaders and participants through a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

COM-322 Innovative Message Presentation

Advanced training in the effective and appropriate design and oral presentation of ideas. While the course focuses on oral presentation, its emphasis on innovative message design extends to many communication contexts.

COM-339 Social Media

The course aims to provide students majoring in communication and other fields with knowledge about finding and distributing information in conversations over social media. Students will be introduced to common platforms, techniques and ethical considerations.

COM-369 Communication Research Methods

Students learn qualitative and quantitative approaches in conducting and analyzing research in communication. Students gain “hands-on” research experience and analytical, scientific writing, and oral presentation skills. They become familiar with public opinion polling, survey techniques, focus groups, external research services and consultants, media and clipping analysis, and other research methods, including the ethical considerations in conducting research with human subjects. Course focuses are results-based decision making, measuring program effectiveness, measuring staff and counselor performance, and evaluation and reporting on results.

COM-380 Internship

Practical work experience using communication theory and skills in an appropriate setting relevant to the student’s area of emphasis.

COM-400 Capstone Seminar

Examines, from a Christian worldview, the ethical and vocational issues associated with the study of human symbolic interaction. The interactions between philosophy, theory and practice will be analyzed.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our communication studies program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

My professors encourage me to take what I learn into all aspects of life, not just my profession, and that’s very inspiring

Kylie DeWard (B.A. ’24)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

Communication studies is a multifaceted program with hundreds of opportunities available. Our students integrate communications with business, science and even psychology. The possibilities are endless.

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