Digital Communication

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


Digital Communication

(35-37 semester hours plus 9 hours of cognates)

Computer Science and Information Systems courses (16-17 hours):

  • CS 100: Creating Interactive Web Media 
  • CS 106 or 108: Introduction to Computing
  • One of:
  • One sequence selected from:
    • CS 112: Introduction to Data Structures
    • CS 262: Software Engineering 

    • IS 175: Computing with Databases
    • DATA-202: Information Systems and Data Management

Communication Arts and Sciences courses (15-16 hours):

  • One of
  • One of
    • CAS 180: Communication with Image and Sound
    • CAS 190: Introduction to Video Production 
  • CAS 201: New Media
  • CAS 230: Media History
  • One of
    • CAS 248: Writing for the Media 
    • CAS 249: Audio Design and Aesthetics 
    • CAS 285: Advertising and Public Relations 
    • CAS 290: Video Production II 

Practicum: one of

  • CAS 346: Internship in Communication 
  • CS 394: Internship in Computing 

Capstone: one of

Cognates (9 hours):

Data Analyst, Web Developer, Web Design, Project Manager

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

Students in this program are eligible for the following scholarships and awards:

  • Calvin-Wide Scholarships – You can refer to the scholarship search database for more information on scholarships for Calvin students.
  • External Scholarships – The department maintains a list of external scholarship funding sources.