Welcome to the arts and humanities in a global context.
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
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.
Engage in the performance and academic study of dance while developing artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually.
Our nationally accredited music department provides intensive training through enriching hands-on experiences for those choosing a musical vocation.
The Hope College Department of Theatre develops theatrical artists of recognized excellence on- and off-stage in a nationally accredited academic program.
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.
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.
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.
Modern & Classical Languages
Learn how to communicate in a second language and gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.
Live a meaningful, faithful and enjoyable life by joining in some the most important conversations you can have.
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.
Hope by the Numbers
- 237Publications & Performances
Faculty members in the nine arts and humanities departments had 237 performances and publications in 2016.
- 92%Post-graduate success
In a survey of 2016 graduates with majors in the arts and humanities, 92% of respondents reported that they were attending graduate school or working in their field of study within six months of graduation.
- 132Off-Campus Study
Last year, 132 graduates with majors in the arts and humanities participated in an off-campus learning experience (domestic or international) over their four years, and 23 participated in an internship.
- 421Majors and Minors
421 students — 14% of total Hope students — pursued a major or minor in the arts and humanities in spring 2017.