Calvin's digital communication major integrates communication, and computer science. The program is geared specifically towards students who are interested in studying information and communication in a broader sense.

Overview

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 networking sites, and newsletters. Taking advantage of the strengths of the Communication Arts and Sciences and the Computer Science department, the DC group major offers a mix of skills including theory of communication, writing for new media, artistic design, and technical skills for creating websites, media elements, 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

Careers in Digital Communication

  • Data Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Web Design
  • Project Manager
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Work in business development; gain real-world experience during a summer internship; write for the Chimes or Dialogue.

Scholarships

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

Calvin Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; plan to work in journalism, radio or television broadcasting; be a committed Christian dedicated to the Calvinistic world-and-life view
  • search and apply here
CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; art major or a communication arts and sciences media-related major (film and media studies, media production or digital communication)
  • search and apply here
Gospel Communications International/Billy Zeoli Scholarship in Christian Media and Communication
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; committed to service in Christian media; exhibit high academic record, Christian faith and character
  • search and apply here
Gospel Communications International/Quentin J. Schultze Scholarship in Faith and Communication
  • award amount: $2,800
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate academic, professioinal and spiritual promise for a successful career in the field of communication
  • search and apply here
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Media and Christianity Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; shows passion for telling creatively Christian stories thru filmmaking; demonstrate God's direction in their lives
  • search and apply here
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Larry and Sharlene Nyhoff Scholarship in Computer Science
  • award amount: $3,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a major or minor in one of the computer science programs
  • search and apply here
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Triemstra Media Scholarship
  • award amount: N/A
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate an interest in journalism or broadcasting
  • search and apply here
Grace Dykstra Vellenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; preference is given to students majoring in media production or planning a career in the Christian media; demonstrate the ability to express the importance of their Christian faith in their lives
  • search and apply here
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Faculty

Patrick Bailey

Patrick Bailey
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 291
pmb4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7543

Mark Fackler
Earl Fife

Earl Fife
Professor Emeritus
Security Specialist in CIT
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 264
fife@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6403

Serita Nelesen

Serita Nelesen
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 296
smn4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8562

Victor Norman

Victor Norman
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 297
vtn2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7805

Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga
Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 299
hplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6860

Carl Plantinga

Carl Plantinga
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8664

Stephanie Sandberg

Stephanie Sandberg
Professor
DC 263
ssandber@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6713

Chris Smit

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

Keith Vander Linden

Keith Vander Linden
Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 290
kvlinden@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7111

Talk to us

Carl Plantinga Carl Plantinga
Program Director
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8664

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

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