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Prospective Students

The Department of Communication offers a broad range of courses in the following areas:

  • Journalism—Introduction to Mass Media, Public Relations, Writing for Media, Advanced Media Writing, Multimedia Storytelling, Documentary Theory & Practice, Media Theory.
  • Communication Relationship Skills—Introduction to the Communication Process, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Intercultural Communication, Gender Communication, Communication and Conflict.
  • Organizational Communication—Public Presentations, Task Group, Leadership, Organizational Communication.
  • Research and Critical Thinking—Quantitative Research Methods, Analytical Skills, Rhetoric & Public Culture, Film Criticism, Rhetorical & Communication Theory.

What our alums have to say


Betsy Bach ('74)
2009 President of National Communication Association

"To the best of Hope College's faculty and staff: When I was considering Hope College I was told that it was the people that made Hope a spectacular institution. Having completed my 4 years, I would like to thank you for not only proving that to be true, but for going above and beyond anything I could have imagined. The direction, advice and knowledge that you passed on were vital for me to becoming who I am today. So thank you, each of you have affected me in a unique way, and whether big or small, I truly appreciate it." James Ralston ('09).

“Studying communication at Hope College allowed me to put the things I learned in class to practical use in various campus organizations and activities. Specifically, working at The Anchor, being the publicity chair for Nykerk, interning with Hope’s Public Relations Department to put out it’s annual supplement in The Holland Sentinel, interning through the Philadelphia Center, and representing the Department in a trip to Japan. Hands-on experience is the best teacher, and at a small campus like Hope your chances of getting this kind of experience are pretty good. I feel that at a larger campus it would have been easy to get lost in the crowd.” Heather Mumby (’94).

What can you do with a Communication Major?

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