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
What our alums have to say
Betsy Bach ('74)
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
“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?