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Communication Studies

  • Available as major (B.A. and B.S. degree) and minor

    Communication shapes individuals and society. Your study of communication will help you understand the process, appreciating the art and science of connecting in a meaningful way with one another.


  • At Olivet, you will combine theory with Christian principles in the classroom. Put what you learn into practice in the office, on stage and everywhere you go. Influence others with your thoughts, ideas and words. Grow as a professional and a person.

    Choose to focus on any of the following areas of study:

    Putting knowledge to work

    Each concentration requires an internship. Choose from our exciting possibilities or find your own. Our students have previously completed internships with:

    • Willow Creek Community Church (Illinois)
    • Entertainment Studios (Los Angeles)
    • Illinois Theatre Centre (south suburban Chicago)
    • Dutch Apple Theatre (Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida)
    • Kenu Christian Artists Camp (Wisconsin)
    • Chicago Children’s Theatre
    • Emerald City Theatre (Chicago)
    • And many more

    Green Room: This student-led organization is open to anyone interested in theatre. Work together to prepare and present your own productions. Encourage others and be encouraged in the pursuit of acting and other theatre opportunities.

    Omega: A student ministry group using music and drama for outreach to area churches. Use your gifts and talents to share the Gospel in creative ways.

    Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society: This organization represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics. Its goals are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.


    A degree in communication studies provides a firm foundation for any number of careers.

    Possible communication careers include: communications consultant, mediator, college or university professor, speech teacher, debate coach, educational affairs director, business development manager, motivational speaker, community affairs coordinator, development director, civic affairs representative, research specialist, social scientist, speechwriter, spokesperson, volunteer coordinator, patient advocate, intercultural communications specialist, communications specialist, communications director 

    Possible theatre careers include: actor, producer, director, costumer, set designer, stage manager, house manager, technical director, public relations specialist

    Communication Studies is part of the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • A degree in communication sets you up for success in a wide variety of careers.

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