At Calvin, we believe that all good writing leads to truth. Learn what it means to be a Christian writer through our interdisciplinary journalism minor.

Overview

Journalism at Calvin is an interdisciplinary that will help you develop technical skills in writing and an understanding of journalism and its role in society. The minor features courses on a variety of topics, including feature journalism, photography and documentaries. Additionally, all journalism minors at Calvin are required to complete a semester-long internship experience.

Careers in Journalism

  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Investigator
  • Reporter

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study abroad in England, Hungary, Ghana or New England; Participate in biannual, department-wide retreats; Write or help to coordinate Chimes or Dialogue; Attend the Festival of Faith and Writing; Volunteer for the Youth Writing Festival.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

Faculty

Donald Hettinga

Donald Hettinga
Professor
Department of English
FA 274
hett@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6520

Chris Smit

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

Talk to us

Elizabeth Vander Lei Elizabeth Vander Lei
Department Co-Chair
Academic Dean
Department of English
SC 383C
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Gary Schmidt Gary Schmidt
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 287
schg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6540

David Urban David Urban
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 277
dvu2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8646

Admissions

Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

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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 Journalism 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.

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

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