Overview

The ability to communicate effectively is a marketable skill in today's world.  The strategic communication program aims to graduate articulate Christians who can critique and create effective messages for specific audiences and situations.  Choose a professional communication track or rhetoric track depending on your vocational goals.

  • get training and experience in the core rhetorical faculties and skills, then choose a track and specialize your courses
  • the professional communication track prepares students for jobs in advertising, public relations, fund raising and events planning
  • the rhetoric track trains to student for jobs in communication consulting, law, politics, ministry and academia

Careers in Strategic Communication

  • communication consultant
  • lawyer
  • politician
  • minister
  • counselor
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Chimes; Calvin Public Relations organization; Worship Apprentice program.

Scholarships

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

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
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
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
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
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan
Adjunct Faculty, Senior Public Relations Specialist
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
DCC 260-O
dehp@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7806

Kathi Groenendyk

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

Garth Pauley

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

Stacey Wieland

Stacey Wieland
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 267
smw2@calvin.edu
616-526-7536

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

Admissions

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In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Strategic Communication as a:

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

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

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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