At Hope, the Contract Program in Communication is a unique degree path for the Liberal Arts Major. The program is offered in conjunction with California State University, Fullerton, which is located right across the street from Hope. In this program, students take a blend of coursework from both universities, resulting in a broad educational experience. All Contract Programs contain a Liberal Arts core curriculum that focuses on oral and written communication, leadership, critical thinking, and biblical studies. The Liberal Arts Major with a CSUF Contract Program in Communication allows students to expand their preparation into concentrated areas such as Advertising, Entertainment, Journalism, Photocommunication, and Public Relations. Students may also choose a customized contract program in Radio-TV-Film, in which they may take the opportunity to study for a semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, available from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as one of their Best Semester programs.
Before taking courses at CSUF, prospective Contract Program students must complete a contract proposal and receive approval from the HIU Academic Contracts Committee. The approval process is contingent upon the completion of the following requirements: 1) the proposed course of study must meet the requirements outlined in the Contract Program Informational Packet; 2) students must have completed 60 units of college-level coursework; 3) students must be California residents or be able to establish California state residency, and 4) students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
The B.A. in Liberal Arts with a Contract Program in Communication is 122 units.