Communication majors create and share meaning for the common good.

Join our department to discover the central, complex role of communication in society. Our students learn to communicate effectively across multiple contexts — in civic life, across cultures, in workplaces and in relationships. 

With a degree in communication from Hope, you’re showcasing your commitment to ethical, competent communication. 

Learn to communicate effectively

Students receive intensive faculty mentorship by collaborating on research and media projects, and students can use our state-of-the-art television studios and media labs to boost their creativity and technical skills.

Dig deep into research-based inquiry

Research is a hallmark of Hope’s curriculum — and ours. Our research methods courses (COMM 260 and COMM 280) are required for all communication majors, and our elective courses combine theory and application. You’ll build a close working relationship with the professors through research collaborations.

Become an ethical leader

Our courses prepare you for ethical decision-making. In courses such as Intergroup Dialogue and Task Group Leadership, you will lead discussions on difficult issues and understand how to communicate ethically both in small teams and across cultures. 

Develop cultural competency

At Hope, we prepare students to become global citizens. In addition to courses such as Intergroup Dialogue, Intercultural Communication and Gender Communication, students can participate in off-campus study programs led by faculty members in diverse locations, like the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and South Korea.

Personalize your plan of study

You may choose courses from seven academic concentration areas, focusing on one or multiple, overlapping areas. These concentrations serve as a map for academic exploration and quest as the department offers a broad range of interests and opportunities.

  • Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • Relational Communication
  • Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Media Production and Criticism
  • Global Communication and Peace Studies

Talk to your adviser or a communication faculty member to design a plan of study specific to your interests and career goals.

Whatever you choose to do with your communication degree — and trust us, the opportunities are boundless — you’ll get a head start on life outside of the classroom by taking part in an internship, completing rigorous coursework, exploring the world through off-campus study and finding your place in student clubs throughout campus.

Student Projects

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Coffee? – A COMM 354 production
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Remembrance  – A COMM 354 production

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 7–9Career changes for today's students

    The Carnegie Foundation projected that college students will change careers 7–9 times in their lives. The communication department provides you with the skills to flexibly work in this rapidly-changing society.

  • 100%Internship participation

    Every communication major gets real-world experience during their time at Hope by completing at least one internship as part of their major requirements.

  • 83%Employed after graduation

    Our graduates are successful in a variety of workplaces. Our robust liberal-arts curriculum ensures our grads are competitive and prepared to join an ever-evolving workforce.

  • #1Sought-after job skill

    Verbal communication was ranked the #1 skill for job candidates according to the 2016 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Presentation and public speaking skills are integral to our program.