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

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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.

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By the numbers

65
Available CAS courses
7
Majors available in our CAS program
3
Minors available through our CAS department

Course Requirements 2013-14

Communication Arts and Sciences major

Choose from seven majors, three minors and several related programs:

Majors

Minors

Communication Arts and Sciences minor

(18-20 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • CAS-180 Communicating With Digital Media
    • CAS-190 Introduction to Video Production
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • CAS-117 Introduction to Theatre & Drama
    • CAS-203 Introduction to Performance Studies
  • One from:
  • Two CAS electives, one of which must be a 300-level course

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Scholarships

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

Ervina Boeve' Scholarship for Theatre Arts
Bob and Carol Buist Family Scholarship
Calvin Media Scholarship
CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • HS GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; demonstrate leadership potential for the communication industry
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department by February 1
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; be a graduate of Timothy Christian HS (Elmhurst, IL) or Holland Christian HS (Holland, MI)
  • automatic consideration
Gospel Communications International/Billy Zeoli Scholarship in Christian Media and Communication
Gospel Communications International/Quentin J. Schultze Scholarship in Faith and Communication
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore or junior
  • financial need considered; demonstrate academic, professioinal and spiritual promise for a successful career in the field of communication
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; preference to those working with victims of injustice/personal tragedy
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
Media and Christianity Scholarship
John Miller Scholarship
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann Janssen Noteboom Scholarship
Larry and Sharlene Nyhoff Scholarship in Computer Science
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Triemstra Media Scholarship
Phyllis Den Braber Van Andel CAS Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; first preference to those pursuing a theatre major; second preference to those pursuing a major in film or media studies
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
Grace Dykstra Vellenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those majoring in telecommunications and are planning a career in Christian media
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
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Faculty

Randall Bytwerk

Randall Bytwerk
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-A
bytw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6286

Mark Fackler

Mark Fackler
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250E
mfackler@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6274

Debra Freeberg

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

Peggy Goetz

Peggy Goetz
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 265
pgoetz@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8561

Kathi Groenendyk

Kathi Groenendyk
Professor, chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 267
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

Heather Koole

Heather Koole
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 260L
hkk3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7812

David Leugs

David Leugs
Assistant Professor, director of Theatre
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-C
djl2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6441

Elizabeth Oommen

Elizabeth Oommen
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
eo23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6016

Garth Pauley

Garth Pauley
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 269
gpauley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6294

Carl Plantinga

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

William Romanowski

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

Stephanie Sandberg

Stephanie Sandberg
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 263
ssandber@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6713

Quentin Schultze

Quentin Schultze
Professor, Arthur H. DeKruyter chair in Faith & Communication
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 260M
schu@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6290

Samuel Smartt

Samuel Smartt
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 270A
srs29@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6284

Chris Smit

Chris Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 270A
crs4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8892

Judith Vander Woude

Judith Vander Woude
Professor, director of Speech Pathology & Audiology
SPAUD director
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 261A
jvwoude@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6070

Talk to us

Kathi Groenendyk Kathi Groenendyk
Department Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 267
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Communication Arts and Sciences as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

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Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Debra Freeberg for more information about teacher certification in Communication Arts & Science (speech)

Contact Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk, Debra Freeberg, for more information about teacher certification in Fine Arts .

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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