Calvin's digital communication major integrates communication, and computer science. The program is geared specifically towards students who are interested in studying information and communication in a broader sense.

Overview

The Digital Communication (DC) Group Major at Calvin College is shared between the Communication Arts and Sciences and the Computer Science Departments, with cognate courses required in Art and English.  The DC major is intended to equip its graduates with theoretical and practical skills for communication through digital media including websites, social networking sites, and newsletters. Taking advantage of the strengths of the Communication Arts and Sciences and the Computer Science department, the DC group major offers a mix of skills including theory of communication, writing for new media, artistic design, and technical skills for creating websites, media elements, and interactive Web pages. You'll learn how to communicate well using technology and build skills in:

  • media writing, audio or video production
  • presentation and publication design
  • database administration
  • software engineering

Careers in Digital Communication

  • Data Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Web Design
  • Project Manager
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Work in business development; gain real-world experience during a summer internship; write for the Chimes or Dialogue.

Scholarships

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

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
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
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

Patrick Bailey

Patrick Bailey
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
NH 291
pmb4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7543

Mark Fackler

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

Earl Fife

Earl Fife
Professor emeritus
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 293
fife@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6403

Kathi Groenendyk

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

Serita Nelesen

Serita Nelesen
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 296
smn4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8562

Victor Norman

Victor Norman
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 297
vtn2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7805

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

Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga
Professor, Director of Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Department of Computer Science
NH 299
hplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6860

Stephanie Sandberg

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

Chris Smit

Chris Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 273B
crs4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8892

Keith Vander Linden

Keith Vander Linden
Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 290
kvlinden@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7111

Talk to us

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

Chris Smit Chris Smit
Program Director
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 273B
crs4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8892

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