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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 communication studies 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
  • Bachelor of Science


  • On Campus
  • Online


  • Grand Rapids
  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 120

Prepare Yourself
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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features

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.

Communication studies majors can choose to double-major, add a minor to their degree or pursue one of the below concentrations.

Communication Studies: Broadcast Communication Concentration

As a broadcast communication student, you will be equipped to be a storyteller in a variety of settings, including sports and journalism.

Degree Planning Guide

Select the sample four-year degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in broadcast communication.

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

Communication Studies: Strategic Communication Concentration

As a strategic communication student, you will learn how to look deeper at the messages businesses and organizations send, as well as the channels through which they share their stories and build relationships with clients.

Degree Planning Guide

Select the sample four-year degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in strategic communication.

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

B.S. in Communication (accelerated)

Be equipped with an essential foundation and theories in communication studies. Emphasis will be placed on the effective application of communication theory for a variety of professional settings along with the integration of a Christ-centered worldview.

At Cornerstone, you’ll move through your degree program by taking two courses per session and up to four classes per term. Each session is seven weeks in length.

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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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