Create meaningful and effective content in an ever-growing digital landscape. Build your design skills and technical knowledge and learn how to spread ideas and bring people together on the web.

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 media platforms and newsletters. The DC group major offers a mix of skills including theory of communication, writing for new media, artistic design, technical skills for creating websites, media elements, computer programming 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

Course Requirements 2015-2016

(32-33 semester hours)

  • CAS-141 Visual Rhetoric or CAS-145 Introduction to Film & Media
  • CAS-180 Communicating With Digital Media or CAS-190 Intro to Video Production
  • CAS-201 New Media
  • CAS-230 Media Cultures
  • One from
  • CAS-346 Internship in Communication or CS-394 Senior Internship in Computing
  • CAS-399 Senior Seminar or CS-384 Perspectives on Computing
  • CS-100 Creating Interactive Web Media
  • CS-106 Intro Scientific Computation & Modeling or CS-108 Intro to Computing
  • One sequence from
    • CS-112 Intro to Data Structures and CAS-262 Business Communication
    • IS-141 Computing with Databases, IS-271 Introduction to Information Systems and IS-341 Database Administration
  • IS-337 Introduction to Website Administration


(9 semester hours)

To graduate with honors in digital communication, you must:

Earn a grade of B+ or better in six honors courses (to total at least 18 semester hours) including at least two courses in the digital communication major, one of which must be a 300-level course.  To have a course count as an honors course, you and a professor must create a contract for honors work.  At least two honors courses must be outside of CAS.

  • maintain a GPA of 3.5 both in the digital communication major and overall.

  • present to the department or to the public an honors paper or project in your senior year, usually during the spring semester.

Digital communication prepares you to be effective in a broad range of careers in today's digital world.

  • Data Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Web Design
  • Project Manager
  • film and video editors
  • broadcast technician
  • graphic design

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