Taking communication courses at Hope can mean working closely alongside our faculty on a research project, producing media in our television studio or designing a public relations solution.
Our courses emphasize various types of communication:
- Relational communication
- Media studies and production
- Organizational communication
- Global communication
Through research, experiential learning and civic engagement, you will gain a deep understanding of how communication plays an integral role in social life.
As a communication major, you’re required to take specific 100-level introductory courses and 200-level research courses. After that, you get to decide what you’d like your major to look like. Communication majors have considerable flexibility when choosing upper-level electives.
- SAMPLE COURSE PLANS
A minimum of 42 credit hours in communication is required for a major. See how to complete a major or minor in 2-, 3- or 4-years. Use our checklist to make sure you are on track for your communication major or minor.
Official degree completion requirements can be found on degree audit in plus.hope.edu.
Internships are an important part of our curriculum — they offer critical thinking, problem solving and diversity education while giving you the chance to use your skills in a real-world setting. Majors (with a GPA of 2.0 or above) receive academic credit for an approved internship by enrolling in COMM 399.
- LOWER-LEVEL COURSES FULFILLING GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
COMM 101: The Communication Process and COMM 151: Media and Society (offered in Fall and Spring)
These two courses satisfy the Social Science I and II general education requirement, respectively. In addition, COMM 101 satisfies the GLD requirement, while COMM 151 satisfies the GLI requirement.
COMM 240: Intergroup dialogue (usually offered in Fall)
This course satisfies the GLD requirement. On completing this 200-level course, students can continue to develop their intergroup dialogue skills by enrolling in the 300-level practicum course.
- UPCOMING UPPER-LEVEL COURSES
If you like to plan ahead, read on to learn about our upcoming courses.*
- COMM 335: Leadership Skills and Perspectives
- COMM 357: Documentary: Theory and Practice
- COMM 360: Persuasion
- COMM 395: Healing of Memories
- COMM 470: Cultural Communication Theory
- COMM320: Family Communication
- COMM330: Organizational Communication
- COMM340: Intergroup Dialogue Practicum
- COMM354: Digital Cinema
- COMM372: Gender Communication
- COMM451: Media Theory
- COMM463: Rhetorical Theory
- COMMUNICATION HONORS
If you’re a declared communication major, you may be eligible to enroll in the Communication Honors course. In addition, students with a 3.25 GPA in the major are eligible to join the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society.
COMM 480: Communication Honors Course
In this course, members of the Communication Honors Program explore a contemporary topic with other honors students, culminating in a submission to NCUR’s annual conference. Examples of previous topics explored include the transhumanist movement (Dr. James Herrick), cross-cultural happiness research (Dr. Deirdre Johnston) and organizational culture (Dr. Isolde Anderson). View the full course description in the catalog.
- INDEPENDENT STUDIES
NOTE: Only 100- and 200-level courses can transfer to Hope and be counted toward the communication major; 300-level courses may be accepted, but only credited at the 200-level. All 300-level courses must be taken in the Department of Communication, with the exception of COMM 399, which can be taken as a work experience or as part of an eligible off-campus study program.
"The classes I took were challenging yet enjoyable. The classes aren't full of busy work, but rather focus on having conversations, digging deeper, connecting with one another and applying our lessons to real-life situations. I was constantly learning new things that I think will take me far not only in my career but also in life."
—Madeline Scott '15, Recruiting & HR Coordinator at GrowthPlay
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