Effective leaders are effective communicators. A major in organizational communication will prepare you to be an invaluable team member in a variety of settings.

Overview

Courses in this interdisciplinary major are designed to help you develop a strong understanding of organizational structures, business ethics and human motivation. You'll also foster skills in persuasive communication, business writing, spreadsheets, media production and managerial accounting. An internship in advertising, public relations, marketing or sales will give you practical experience as you plan for your career.

Careers in Organizational Communication

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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join Calvin Video Network; Write for the Chimes or Dialogue; Try out for the Improv team; 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.

Michigan Industrial Tools Pathway to Business Possibilities Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to go into for-profit business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH190
bc27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

David Cook
Professor
Department of Business
NH 183
dcook@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7025

Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan
Adjunct Faculty
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 260-O
dehp@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7806

Mark Fackler

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

Kathi Groenendyk

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

Nancy Hull

Nancy Hull
Assistant Professor
Department of English
CFAC 286
nhull@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6728

Cal Jen

Cal Jen
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 171
ccj2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7626

Garth Pauley

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

Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
North Hall 172
pjs23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Jason Stansbury

Jason Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 170
jms58@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7714

Marilyn Stansbury

Marilyn Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 189
msc5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7795

Stacey Wieland

Talk to us

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

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