/ Communication Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

Communication students have diverse interests. Explore the many opportunities on and off campus and make your educational experience your own.


Since 2005, the Communication Department has consistently sent students to to participate in the prestigious National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students have also presented their research at other prestigious venues and co-published with faculty members.

Many students pursue independent or collaborative research with faculty. View individual faculty member pages to find out more information about their areas of study or visit our page on faculty-student collaborations to learn more about the research and creative projects our students have participated in.


As a communication major, you’ll graduate with real-world experience through our internship program. If you’re interested completing the COMM 399 internship requirement while off-campus, contact our internship director, Prof. Rob Pocock, or visit our offices to get approval.

Learn more about Communication Internships 


The Communication Department Honors Program is designed to give advanced students an opportunity to explore a communication topic in depth. You’ll gain research experience and prepare for graduate study. The program comprises one course: COMM 480 (which does not fulfill the 400-level major requirement). Upon completion, you’ll graduate as “Communication Major with Honors.”

To achieve this designation, you must have the following prerequisites:

  • Declared communication major
  • Completed all required 100-level communication courses plus COMM 260 and 280
  • Junior or senior status as of fall semester when you apply
  • Demonstrated excellence in your COMM major 
  • Submission of application by the deadline

Lambda Pi Eta is the national honor society for communication majors. It was established in 1985 by the Speech Communication Association (now the National Communication Association). Hope College was one of the first Lambda Pi Eta student chapters in the country. In 1989, we inaugurated the first Alpha Delta chapter of LPH. Qualified students will be invited for membership. Contact LPH faculty advisor, Prof. Rob Pocock, for more information.


Ackerman Coles Award for Scholarship in Communication Studies

Awarded to the student who has demonstrated continuing interest and excellence in communication studies. 

Theodore L. Nielsen Award

An award given in honor of retired communication professor, Ted Nielsen, to the student who represents the best news and feature practice and judgment. 

A.A. Raven Prize in Communication

Awarded to the student who best demonstrates excellence in communication through leadership and/or the effective presentation of issues of public significance. 

M. Harold Mikle Prize for Communication

Awarded annually to the graduating senior(s) whose record reflects academic excellence, superior skills as a presentational speaker and extensive all-college leadership accomplishments.  This award is intended for, but not limited to, students who have majored in communication or who have participated in campus or intercollegiate communication activities. 

Lambda Pi Eta Award

Awarded to the senior communication major who has the highest grade point average in the discipline.

NCA Junior Award

Awarded to a junior communication major who has demonstrated excellence in communication studies and an interest in continuing communication research and/or graduate study.


At Hope, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of off-campus study opportunities; this is especially true for communication majors.

Summer programs led by communication department faculty to the United Kingdom, Korea, Japan and Hawaii offer hands-on instruction in cross-cultural communication. And, during the academic year, there are several opportunities to spend a semester off-campus here in the U.S. The Chicago Semester, Washington Honors Semester in D.C. and the New York Arts Program each offer unique opportunities for communication students. 

Visit the Center for Global Engagement to learn more about off-campus study and to begin the application process.


You can further develop your media production and writing skills by getting involved with The Anchor, Hope’s student newspaper; WTHS Radio, the student-run radio station; and Opus, the student literary magazine.


The Mellon Scholars Program is an academic program for students passionate about the arts and humanities. Students are selected for the three-year academic program to develop original research, pursue public scholarship and produce creative work through faculty mentoring, digital media training and summer research fellowships.

View COMM minor Hope Hancock’s Mellon project, “From Hippies to Hipsters” 


Hope College Department of Communication and Western Michigan University School of Communication have formed a partnership to offer students an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Hope COMM students can earn a master's degree in communication in as few as 5 years!

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