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    Hope College
    Aug 16, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog


Communication is one of the largest majors on campus. The Hope College Department of Communication has been recognized by the National Communication Association for its outstanding curriculum and was twice named a “Program of Excellence” by the Central States Communication Association for its curricular program.

About The Program

The curriculum integrates theory and practice emphasizing various types of communication: corporate communication, global communication and peace studies, journalism and writing for media, media production and criticism, organizational communication and leadership, relational communication, and rhetoric and public advocacy. Through research, experiential learning and civic engagement, our courses will give you a deep understanding of how communication plays an integral role in social life. The Department of Communication is housed in the state-of-the-art Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, where students can use video production, journalism, speech and research facilities.

Communication knowledge and skills are essential for personal success and for participation in a complex, globalizing society. Communication competence incorporates a number of learning goals often identified as important by employers and graduate schools. These goals include:

  • Interacting easily and productively with others;
  • Thinking critically and solving problems;
  • Communicating ideas clearly and effectively;
  • Creating messages for various media and audiences;
  • Balancing conflicting viewpoints;
  • Interpreting quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Working for social justice and change.

Social Science Requirement

COMM 101 The Communication Process  satisfies the Social Science I requirement. This course focuses on communication competence - the ability to communicate effectively in relationships and to critically analyze media messages.

COMM 151 Media and Society  satisfies the Social Science II general education requirement. This course is an introduction to the different types of media and the impact of media on society. Emphasis varies with instructor.


Communication majors at Hope often link their academic programs with other disciplines as they prepare for careers in public, private and non-profit organizations, media, business, theatre, and teaching. Professional plans in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, human resource development, film, corporate communication, public speaking, ministry, advertising, global communication, and government often stem from opportunities provided to communication majors. The nationally-recognized Hope communication curriculum also provides a strong and well-regarded foundation for students planning further study in communication at major graduate institutions.