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.


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.


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 ».


Donald Hettinga

Donald Hettinga
Department of English
FA 274
(616) 526-6520

Chris Smit

Chris Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 273B
(616) 526-8892

Talk to us

Dean Ward Dean Ward
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 269
(616) 526-6139

Gary Schmidt Gary Schmidt
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 287
(616) 526-6540

Deborah Visser Deborah Visser
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 275
(616) 526-6933


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