Through studying the art and science of communication, we learn how to express ourselves with honesty and integrity.

Overview

In communication arts and sciences, you can choose from seven majors, three minors and several related programs to focus your study.

Majors include:

Minors include:

Also see:

Careers in Communication Arts and Sciences

  • Film Critic
  • Director
  • Journalist
  • Office Manager
  • Publicist
  • Editor

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join Calvin Video Network; write for the Chimes or Dialogue; do Improv; help out with Prism, Calvin's year book; join the Film Arts Committee.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Ervina Boeve' Scholarship for Theatre Arts
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; proven ability and dedication in performance, production or scholarly research in theatre
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Bob and Carol Buist Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a Communication Arts and Sciences major
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Calvin Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; plan to work in journalism, radio or television broadcasting; be a committed Christian dedicated to the Calvinistic world-and-life view
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; planning to major in communication arts and sciences; demonstrate leadership potential for the communication industry; willing to work closely with a faculty member for at least five hours weekly as a research assistant for the academic year
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the CAS department by February 1
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; art major or a communication arts and sciences media-related major (film and media studies, media production or digital communication)
  • automatic consideration
Gospel Communications International/Billy Zeoli Scholarship in Christian Media and Communication
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; committed to service in Christian media; exhibit high academic record, Christian faith and character
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Gospel Communications International/Quentin J. Schultze Scholarship in Faith and Communication
  • award amount: $2,700
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate academic, professioinal and spiritual promise for a successful career in the field of communication
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; communication arts and sciences major; demonstrate a commitment to serving others through such activities as community service, church involvement, small group leadership, and the support and encouragement of other students; preference is given to those working with victims of injustice/personal tragedy
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Media and Christianity Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; shows passion for telling creatively Christian stories thru filmmaking; demonstrate God's direction in their lives
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
John Miller Scholarship
  • award amount $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate excellence in theatrical ability both academically and in performance
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; English or communication arts and sciences major; pursuing a program in education or planing a career in a helping profession; preference is given to students from the south Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann Janssen Noteboom Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; show promise in oral interpretation, performance students, and/or public address
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Larry and Sharlene Nyhoff Scholarship in Computer Science
  • award amount: $3,400
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a major or minor in one of the computer science programs
  • apply through the computer science department
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, nursing, or communication arts and sciences major or pursuing a program in engineering or education; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Triemstra Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate an interest in journalism or broadcasting
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Phyllis Den Braber Van Andel CAS Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; first preference is given to those pursuing a theatre major; second preference is given to those pursuing a major in film studies, media studies or media production
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
Grace Dykstra Vellenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; preference is given to students majoring in media production or planning a career in the Christian media; demonstrate the ability to express the importance of their Christian faith in their lives
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the communication arts & sciences department
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Faculty

Debra Freeberg

Debra Freeberg
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250D
freede@calvin.edu
616-526-7011

Kathi Groenendyk

Kathi Groenendyk
Professor, chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250A
kgroenen@calvin.edu
616-526-6317

David Leugs

David Leugs
Associate Professor, Director of Theatre, Designer
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250C
djl2@calvin.edu
616-526-6441

Garth Pauley

Garth Pauley
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 273C
gpauley@calvin.edu
616-526-6294

Carl Plantinga

Carl Plantinga
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
616-526-8664

William Romanowski

William Romanowski
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270C
romw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8527

Talk to us

Garth Pauley Garth Pauley
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 273C
gpauley@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-6294

Carl Plantinga Carl Plantinga
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-8664

Kathi Groenendyk Kathi Groenendyk
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250A
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-6317

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