Honors Program is designed to give advanced students an opportunity
an area of Communication Studies in more depth, to gain research
experience, and to explore and prepare for possible graduate study.
Acceptance and participation in the Communication Honors Program
enables students to list "Communication Major with Honors" on
their resume. Communication honors students also receive invitations
to meet visiting campus speakers and faculty candidates and attend special
of Comm 260: Rhetoric and Public Culture, and Comm 280:
Research Methods as well as a reasonable number of your Communication
or Senior status as of fall semester for which you are applying
GPA of 3.5 or above
of application by deadline
in the Communication Honors Program will take Comm 480:
Communication Honors Course during fall semester. Topics
will change each fall. This course is in addition to the
regular 400-level requirement for the major; in other words,
to graduate with honors in
Communication requires an additional 4-hour course.
Honors Course will provide an opportunity to engage in a discussion
seminar with a small group of students to address a particular
Communication topic in depth. Honors students, as part of this course,
an individual research project and submit an abstract (150 word
summary) of this project to the National Conference for Undergraduate
Research. If your project is selected for presentation at this prestigious
conference, you will have the opportunity to travel (expenses paid!)
with a group of Hope Students to the conference, held each spring,
to present your research.
|2013: Cross-Cultural Happiness,
taught by Prof. Johnston
Bringing a communication perspective to the study of happiness
across cultures, (which has been most consistently explored by
psychologists), raises important questions regarding the social
construction of the meaning of happiness, as well as how happiness
is communicated and experienced within a culture. Do cultures
socially construct and experience happiness differently? Why
are Central and South American countries over-represented among
the happiest countries in the world? Why does Chile, the most
economic affluent South American country, have the highest rate
of depression in South America?
In this course we will explore what happiness means – from
Aristotle to today, from the USA to Argentina. What makes us happy?
How do we measure happiness? Happiness in some cross-cultural studies
is defined in terms of economic well-being, and in other studies
defined as subjective life satisfaction. Assuming ‘we’ can
define happiness, how do we compare happiness across cultures?
Can we measure happiness? Most cross-cultural happiness research
to date is based on survey data; there are few if any studies that
use qualitative methods to explore people’s ‘lived
experiences’ of happiness and to ask the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions
behind self reports of life satisfaction and well-being.
We will explore the research literature on cross-cultural happiness
and we will design a study, using ethnographic and interview techniques,
to study cross-cultural happiness in new ways. We will pre-test
the ethnographic methods we design via international skype interviews,
and Honor’s Projects will be submitted for presentation at
the National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), as well
as presented at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research at Hope.
2012: Food, Culture, and Power,
taught by Prof. Housel
Food is more than something we eat. Eating is a basic human necessity,
but our foodways have complex meanings when viewed from a cultural
perspective. This class will use discussions, hands-on labs, food
tastings, and critical research and writing to guide exploration
complex relationship between food and culture. We will study how
the ways that people grow, prepare, consume, package, and sell
food are symbolic expressions of social hierarchy, religious and
moral practices, political values, ethics, population migration,
and individual, racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities.
As we study the cultural meanings of food and its interconnections
with so many diverse aspects of society, this course will also
introduce students to foodways as a powerful tool for studying
history and cultures. This course’s seminar format requires
students to lead class discussion of academic journal articles
and readings. In addition to hands-on lab assignments and shorter
critical analyses, the seminar’s major assignment will be
an original research project that uses field observation, interviewing,
or textual analysis to critically study an aspect of foodways in
everyday life. Students will be expected to submit their final
projects to Hope College’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research,
and also encouraged to submit the project to the National Conference
on Undergraduate Research.
|2011: The Rhetoric of the Human
Enhancement Movemen, taught by Prof. Herrick
This course will develop an extended case study in the rhetoric
of science. Specifically, we will explore efforts to promote bio-technological
enhancements to the human body and mind, as well as related developments
such as artificial intelligence, robotics, extending the human
life span, and space exploration. Arguments and narratives developed
in print and visual media—including fictional media such
as books and movies—will be considered, as will scientific
publications, government documents, and popular writing by scientists.
Particular attention will be paid to arguments and narratives about
progress, human evolution, or improving the human race. The history,
ethics, and spirituality of enhancement will also be taken up.
Students will have the opportunity to develop an original research
project examining the discourse of some aspect of human enhancement,
fictional presentations of humanity’s future, the religious
implications of enhancement, the justice of enhancement, or scientific
speculation about technology’s impact on human societies.
Students will be encouraged to submit final projects to the National
Conference on Undergraduate Research.
2010: Organizational Culture,
taught by Prof. Anderson
culture refers to how members of an organization behave and make
sense of their environment together. It involves all aspects
of an organization’s life, including its artifacts, attitudes,
values, beliefs, history and heroes. In this course students will
learn how to “read” organizational cultures and use
that cultural knowledge to understand organizational behavior
as performance, organizational change processes, team-building,
the management of meaning. Students will learn qualitative research
methods including field observation, interviewing, and various
methods of textual analysis. In the seminar format, students
will be responsible for leading discussion of assigned, relevant
articles and book chapters. The major assignment for this course
is a 20 page cultural analysis of an organization, suitable for
presentation at an academic conference. Students will be expected
to submit their research paper for a conference by the end of
2009: New Media and Digital
Culture, taught by Prof. Spielvogel
be "online dating," social networking, or virtual workplaces,
new forms of digital media have changed the way we live, work,
and interact. This course will examine the implications of new
social and virtual media applications on our relational, familial,
communal, and religious lives and commitments. Students in this
honors course will, through course readings and direct use of new
digital technologies, theorize the potential and limitations of
virtual worlds, social networking, and online communities for creating
vibrant and morally responsible communication systems.
If Dr. Spielvogel is on research leave fall semester, Dr. Herrick
will be teaching the Honors Seminar on the topic of "Spiritual
and Religious Themes in Pop Culture." Communication Honors
Students will be notified of the final topic and professor for
the Honors Seminar prior to registration. We will not be certain
of the topic and professor for the course before your application
for the honors program is due, March 12.
2008: Global Communication, taught by Prof. Johnston
Global communication is a complex process, and our ability to
negotiate that process effectively and ethically is essential for
world stability and human welfare. Global communication has the
potential to promote human rights and social justice, to unite
people around shared values and interests, to allow freedom of
expression, and to produce quality information. Or, as some scholars
are predicting, global communication may lead to fragmentation
and a loss of meaning. Globalization may promote restrictions on
human rights, segregate people into special-interest groups, promote
censorship, and spread inaccurate information.
You and your generation will play a critical role in whether the new technology
that allows us to engage in global communication serves the world well or ill.
Our future success depends upon our ability to ethically and effectively speak
through the cultural ideologies and identities that define us, yet respect
and engage those with cultural ideologies and identities different than our
own. These are the cutting edge issues we will be examining in the Honors Course
on Global Communication.
2007: The Spirituality of Popular Culture, taught by Prof. Herrick
This course explores the spiritual themes evident in various texts
of popular culture such as film, music, books and Internet sources
such as online gaming communities. We will seek to isolate and examine
elements of what are sometimes called New Spiritualities that emerge
from such texts, and contrast these to more traditional belief systems.
The course will also introduce students to critical approaches well
suited to the analysis of religious themes in a wide range of artifacts