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Communication Studies

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

    Communication shapes both individuals and our society. Your study of communication will help you understand the process, appreciating both 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, 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 (Ill.)
    • Entertainment Studios (Los Angeles)
    • Illinois Theatre Centre (south suburban Chicago)
    • Dutch Apple Theatre (Penn., Ariz., Fla.)
    • Kenu Christian Artists Camp (Wis.)
    • 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.

    Careers

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

    Possible corporate communication careers include: alumni relations coordinator, communications consultant, educational affairs director, business development manager, community affairs coordinator, development director, employee publications specialist, civic affairs representative, communication relations specialist, event coordinator, speechwriter, public relations director, public relations assistant, spokesperson, media liaison officer, volunteer coordinator, public information officer, patient advocate, promotional campaign developer, press secretary, 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 

    Communication Studies is part of the Department of Communication within the School of Professional Studies. 

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