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department overview

Course Areas
Martha Miller Center for Global Communication

What's so special about the Communication Department at Hope College?


  • 2007 external review by three leaders in the communication field, Dr. Betsy Wackernagel Bach, Dr. Yahya Kamalipour, and Dr. Martin Medhurst:
    • "The department has an outstanding faculty, each member of which holds the appropriate terminal degree from a first-class research university. The quality of the faculty is superior when compared to faculty at most small, liberal arts colleges."
    • "For a small college, the curriculum is superb and provides students with five different areas of study...there is an appropriate combination of theory and practice in each area."
    • "Students commented that the faculty members were 'the best on campus' because they 'push us' and 'like us as people and as students.'"
    • "The department is housed in a beautiful new building with state-of-the art facilities, enviable by any standard."
  • The National Communication Association recognized the Hope College Communication Department for its outstanding curriculum. This curriculum integrates theory and practice and is used as a model by colleges and universities nationwide.


  • Enhance students' communication knowledge/skills in interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and media settings.
  • Prepare students for professional endeavors and graduate study
  • Equip students for active involvement as educated and moral citizens working for social justice in a democratic society
  • Help students gain the communication knowledge and skills to live a fulfilling and healthy relational life.

Life Skills

  • The Carnegie Foundation recently projected that this generation of college students will change careers 7-9 times in their working lives. The communication department can help prepare students for this rapidly-changing society with important transferable skills:

    • Critical thinking and problem-solving
    • Diversity education
    • Analysis of quantitative and qualitative information
    • Effective oral and written communication of ideas

Attention to Detail

  • Small class size
  • Dedicated faculty
  • State-of-the-art facilities


  • Hope College is ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in student-faculty research.
  • Every year since 2005 the Communication Department has had students nominated to participate in the prestigious National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)


What can a major in communication do for me?

A degree from the Hope College Communication Department provides students with skills that are beneficial in many walks of life. As a student, you will have opportunities to learn how to communicate effectively and ethically, participate in student media, conduct research, and apply your coursework in internship experiences. You will be well prepared for a wide variety of careers in communication or graduate study. Some students also combine Communication with a second major to prepare for a career in law, ministry, theatre promotion, or business.