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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Communications

Calvin’s BA degree in Digital Communication (DC) prepares students for the understanding and practice of communication on the Web and in other areas, using media such as online text, images, video, audio, and social media. Students who graduate with a DC major will be equipped for careers in online corporate communication and Web site creation, design, and associated software development.

Calvin’s DC major is an interdisciplinary group major, tailored for students with broader interests in technology and communication. It includes 41-43 semester hours of coursework from the departments of Computer Science (CS), Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS), English, and Art and Art History, as follows:

CS and IS courses (17 hours):
CS 100: Creating Interactive Web Media (3)
CS 106 or 108: Introduction to Computing (4)
IS 337: Introduction to Website Admin. (3)
One sequence selected from
– CS 112: Introduction to Data Structures (4)
– CS 262: Software Engineering (3)
– IS 141: Computing with Databases (1)
– IS 271: Introduction to Info. Systems (3)
– IS 341: Database Administration (3)

CAS courses (15-16 hours):
One of:
CAS 141: Visual Rhetoric (3)
CAS 145: Introduction to Film and Media (3)
One of:
CAS 180: Comm. with Digital Media (3)
CAS 190: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (4)
CAS 201: New Media (3)
CAS 230: Media Cultures (3)
One of
CAS 248: Writing for the Media (3)
CAS 249: Digital Audio Production (3)
CAS 285: dvertising and Public Relations (3)
CAS 290: Intermediate Digital Filmmaking (3)

Practicum: one of:
CAS 346: Internship in Communication (3)
– CS 394: Internship in Computing (3)

Capstone: one of:
CAS 399: Advanced Communication Study (3)
– CS 384: Perspectives on Computing (3)

Cognates (9 hours):
English 365: Writing in Digital Environments (3)
Art 255: Communication Design I (3)
Art 305: Communication Design II (3)

Program Objectives and Assessment

Students successfully completing the DC major will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Explain the context and impact of traditional and new media technologies on human communication.
  2. Write effective text for digital media.
  3. Create Web pages using HTML and CSS.
  4. Write computer programs for websites.
  5. Set up and administer a Web server.
  6. Recall database terminology and use database servers in conjunction with websites.
  7. Create documents using multiple media elements, laid out in an attractive, usable, and effective way.
  8. Produce and edit images, video, audio, and other media.
  9. Use social media for effective communication.
  10. Evaluate communication on the Web from aesthetic, rhetorical, and Reformed perspectives.