Welcome to the arts and humanities in a global context.

Meet some of our students and faculty:

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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Paris 2016 Student Video Tour
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Dr. Lauren Janes
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Chinese at Hope
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Dr. Jesus Montaño
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Workshop on Worship & Arts
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Dr. Kendra Parker
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler

Studying the arts and humanities at Hope College means you might:

  • Present your research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research
  • Create a dance performance or play addressing a social justice issue
  • Investigate art therapy or music recording
  • Explore your faith through creative writing
  • Provide translation services for churches and businesses in Japanese or Spanish

Arts Division

Hope College is one of the few liberal arts colleges with accreditation in all four areas of the arts: art, dance, music and theatre. In each case, we meet or exceed national standards from the National Associations of Schools of Art and Design, Dance, Music and Theatre.

You will work closely with practicing artists and writers, and strengthen your work through additional activities, such as the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Visiting Writers Series, Musical Showcase, several dance companies and the senior art show.

  • Art and Art History

    Study one of earth’s oldest disciplines in our nationally accredited art department. Courses are offered in two- and three-dimensional art and art history.

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  • Dance

    Engage in the performance and academic study of dance while developing artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

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  • Music

    Our nationally accredited music department provides intensive training through enriching hands-on experiences for those choosing a musical vocation.

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  • Theatre

    The Hope College Department of Theatre develops theatrical artists of recognized excellence on- and off-stage in a nationally accredited academic program.

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Humanities Division

Whatever your future career path, Hope’s humanities departments will help you cultivate deep insights about yourself and global society while improving the practical talents you’ll need in any job — compelling writing, critical reasoning, oral communication, information literacy and research skills.

  • English

    The Department of English dives into literature of every kind and teaches students to improve the craft of their writing to foster a love of the written word.

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  • History

    History students cultivate a deeper understanding of the past through rigorous courses that cover the breadth of the globe and the depth of the human experience.

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  • Modern & Classical Languages

    Learn how to communicate in a second language and gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.

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  • Philosophy

    Live a meaningful, faithful and enjoyable life by joining in some the most important conversations you can have.

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  • Religion

    We’re a community of teacher-scholars and students devoted to the study of religion in a global society and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 274Publications & Performances

    Faculty members in the nine arts and humanities departments had 274 performances and publications in 2015, including 137 performances, 23 authored books, 15 edited books, 8 book contribution and 91 published articles.

  • 91%Post-graduate success

    In a survey of 2015 graduates with majors in the arts and humanities, 91% of 2015 of respondents reported that they were attending graduate school or working in their field of study within six months of graduation.

  • 104Off-Campus Study

    Last year, 104 graduates with majors in the arts and humanities participated in an off-campus learning experience, whether studying abroad or learning at an internship.

  • 685Majors and Minors

    685 students — 22% of total Hope students — pursued a major or minor in the arts and humanities in spring 2016.