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*Indicates courses required for Communication majors.


COMM101 – The Communication Process* [fulfills Social Science S1A requirement]
This course focuses on communication competence. Readings and exercises explore and develop relational communication skills and media literacy. This course also addresses how filters of self, relationships, culture, gender, race, and ethnicity affect communication processes. Four Credits - Dibble, Johnson, Quist

COMM140 – Public Presentations*
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking. Topics covered include audience analysis, methods of organizing a speech, the types and uses of supporting material, and the effective use of visual aids. Students will learn how to write and deliver effective informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speeches. Four Credits - DeWitt-Brinks, Pocock

COMM151 – Introduction to Mass Communication* [fulfills Social Science S2A requirement]
This course explores the impact of media in society. The format and function of different types of contemporary media will be introduced. Two Credits - Nathan

COMM160 – Analytic Skills in Communication*
This course seeks to develop the analytic skills involved in effective reasoning and communication. In developing these skills, the course introduces students to various types of arguments, the tests to which each is susceptible and the characteristics of a reasonable argument: validity, evidence, and linguistic consistency. Analysis of sample arguments is stressed throughout. The course also considers the ethics of advocacy and the qualities of a reasonable person. Four Credits - Herrick


COMM251 - Media Production l
This course offers an entry-level learning experience introducing students to digital media production from theoretical, aesthetic, and practical perspectives. The course aims to familiarize students with the basic tools and processes of digital media production so that they can communicate their ideas creatively and effectively using various forms of media. The course is divided into seminar and workshop components. In the seminars, students will discover different theoretical approaches to media representation that inform the practice of digital media production. In the workshops, students will gain the technical skills and knowledge required for digital media production, including the use of camera, sound, voice recording, lighting, editing, graphics, and transitions. All students will undertake a series of exercises which demonstrate their understanding, skills, and creativity, and they will present and discuss their own productions. Four Credits - Han

COMM257 - Communication for Public Relations [does not fulfill major /minor requirement]
This course provides an introduction to basic communication practices in the field of public relations among a variety of organizations in both the public and private sectors. In addition to the study of industry theories, students will simulate public relations and management situations using practical experiences and case studies. Two Credits – Pocock

COMM260-Rhetoric & Public Culture*
This course explores the rhetorical strategies, argumentative approaches, and definitional techniques embedded in the texts of popular culture. Contrasting current theories of rhetorical analysis and cultural studies with those of the classical period, the course aims to familiarize students with the rhetorical elements in the symbolic world we inhabit and to sharpen their critical skills as consumers of persuasive messages. The course will also introduce students to some of the basic qualitative research approaches commonly employed in the field of communication studies, including Burkean analysis, culture-centered criticism, and narrative criticism. Four Credits - Herrick, Housel

COMM280-Research Methods*
This course is an introduction to the social science research process used to study human communication. It provides students with the skills to read, understand, and perform basic communication research. Such skills include conducting a review of literature and addressing the implications and ethical considerations of research. Four Credits - Dibble, Johnson


COMM320 – Family Communication
We create families through communication: by sharing meanings with others, socializing children, making decisions, handling conflict, constructing gender roles and developing family rituals. This course focuses on families as meaning-making systems and explores the various communication processes that shape family communication, blending academic and personal perspectives. Four Credits – Anderson

COMM352 – Media Production II – Advanced Media Production and Editing
This course helps students become familiar with issues in media literacy and equips them with advanced video and editing techniques for broadcast-quality production. Activities involved in this course include reading and discussing theories of visual representations, practicing advanced field production, introducing students to studio and fiction film production, advanced editing, and special effects. Students should expect to spend at least three hours per week of self-directed and group-oriented production/practice/research time in addition to the designated class meetings. Prerequisite: Comm251 or permission of instructor. Four Credits - Han

COMM356 – Advanced Magazine Writing and Production
This course teaches techniques for advanced magazine features writing, design, and production. Students write different types of magazine features articles, such as the news feature, profile, how-to article, and the review. Over the semester, students create an online campus magazine called (Thinking Outside the) Box. Students design the magazine’s cover and logo; analyze circulation markets; and demonstrate the magazine by writing, designing, and producing an issue by the end of the semester. In addition, the course develops basic media criticism skills. To this end, students evaluate how journalists gather and present information, considering not only how they perform but also how they might improve. Students also examine legal and ethical issues such as plagiarism and libel. Prerequisite: COMM255 or permission of the instructor if student has prior solid journalism writing experience at high school, college, or internship levels, and some exposure to Adobe Indesign. Four Credits – Housel

COMM360 – Art & Science of Persuasion: In this course you will learn to enhance your skills as a producer of ethical persuasive messages, and also as a critical receiver of persuasive messages. This course provides a comprehensive theoretical and research-based view of persuasion, social influence, and compliance gaining by analyzing how these concepts operate at both an interpersonal and a social level. You will improve your communication competencies related to effective persuasion in written, spoken and visual channels. You will also learn to identify and analyze persuasive messages to improve your ability to scrutinize and resist the influence of persuasion. We will study the process of persuasion in many different contexts, including: health care, films, advertising, family and friend interaction, news media, government rhetoric, social movements, public information campaigns, politics, and advocacy. Four Credits – Dibble

COMM399* - Communication Internship: Students secure an internship with an organization, agency, or communication media industry to observe, assist, and assume regular duties, or engage in special projects under the supervision of skilled professionals. In addition to academic coursework, students are expected to maintain approximately 3 hours on the job per week for each credit hour earned. Students desiring a Communication Internship must attend a department specific internship workshop prior to submitting a department specific internship application no later than the fall semester of their junior year. Prerequisites: communication major, junior standing, 2.7 major GPA, approval of internship application, and approval of internship placement by the Office of Career Development Center and the department. One to Four Credits - Johnson

SPECIAL TOPICS (You may take more than one 395 course to fulfill 300-level major/minor requirements.)

COMM395.01 – Global Media Ethics: This course presents the different ethical systems governing media practice around the world and uses them to present and discuss case studies from different regions. Journalistic practices, cultural and production values, religious traditions and applications, and ethical systems based on these foundations are discussed. News media, blogs and social networks, and entertainment products are all included. The difficulties created for global media crossing "ethical divides," and especially reception of the products of American companies, from CNN and Disney, to the Associated Press and Facebook, also form part of the content of the course. Students will analyze cases in teams and present them for discussion to the class, applying different ethical systems and discussing the difficulties of applying these systems in a global media environment. Four Credits - Fortner

COMM395.03 – TV Studio Production: A study and practice in the use of the television studio as a communication tool. Students will learn protocols relating to producing, directing, camera operation, on-camera performance, creation of graphics, special effects, chroma-keying, use of teleprompters, audio and video switching. Evaluation will be based on a written examination, a series of video projects, and one’s overall team performance. Prerequisite: Comm251 or permission of instructor. Four Credits – Korf

COMM395.04 – Practicum in Intergroup Dialogue: The Intergroup Dialogue Practicum is the culmination of the Intergroup Dialogue Experience for those students seeking to continue their personal growth in the dialogue process and to enhance their dialogue facilitation skills through practical experience leading intergroup dialogue. The course materials are designed to deepen understanding of diversity and social justice in society through reading, dialogue, reflection and practical experience as an intergroup dialogue facilitator. We will explore theory and practice of group dynamics, conflict, dialogue, and relationship/community building. The course will guide students in their preparation of weekly dialogue facilitation sessions and develop students’ facilitation skills, as well as deepen students’ personal understandings of social identity, oppression, privilege, reconciliation and justice. The intergroup dialogue facilitation skills developed in this course have many applications in life as a means to promote positive social and personal change among families, friends, and work colleagues, and within communities. This course prepares students to create dialogue in interpersonal situations as well as create formalized dialogue-centered workshops or programs. Four Credits - Johnston

*One 400-level course is required for COMM majors.

COMM463 – Rhetorical Theory: This course surveys the history of rhetoric, the oldest of several disciplines making up the field of communication. Public persuasive discourse has exerted an unparalleled influence on the western world’s direction and development. Philosophers, politicians, lawyers, theologians, poets — all have tried to determine what takes place when one person sets out to persuade another by the use of symbols, and in particular by means of rational aesthetic and emotional appeals. The tradition of their thought on the subject makes up the discipline known as “rhetoric,” a discipline dating back more than 2,000 years, and a topic of study currently undergoing an important renaissance. Prerequisites: Communication 101, 160, 260, and 280. Four Credits - Herrick

COMM470 – Cultural Communication Theory: This course looks at culture and everyday life. Although it has roots in older disciplines such as history, sociology, political science, and linguistics, “cultural studies” is a dynamic and young field that examines how power and ideologies shape people’s everyday lives. Drawing on the theories in our readings, our class looks at how culture is constructed and reproduced through (1) larger economic, political, and ideological structures (the nation, identity, gender, social class, language, race, and ethnicity) that influence (2) people's everyday signifying practices that include (among many others) shopping, food, fashion, and use of mediated texts such as television, films, magazines, the Internet, and music. Prerequisites: Comm101, 160, 260, and 280. Four Credits – Housel