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  • “We want to develop you and your communication skills so you can live your life in service to others.” Dr. Jay Martinson, department chair
  • Communication is an art and a science.

    As a Christian communicator, you have the opportunity to shape individuals and society. At Olivet, we teach you effective communication within the framework of Christian principles. Grow personally, professionally and academically by putting what you learn into practice.

    Choose your area of professional specialization:

    • Communication Studies
    • Corporate Communication
    • Film Studies
    • Live Event Media Management 
    • Ministry Media
    • Musical Theatre
    • Multimedia Journalism
    • Public Relations and Strategic Communication
    • Radio and Record Industry
    • Television and Video Production
    • Theatre

    Find out more about each one of these areas of study from our professors here.

    Benefit from the skills and knowledge of professors who are already successful in the professional world.

    • Dr. Heather (Attig) McLaughlin has received national recognition for her video production and editing skills, including the Telly Awards she received for University of Kansas TV commercials and promotional videos  
    • Professor Mark Bishop has worked as a weather broadcaster for TV networks in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois; and Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. 
    • Professor Jerry Cohagan has performed in theatre productions and commercials nationwide.
    • Professor Liz Kerns has served as director of Local Chamber Relations and Events for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce; and president of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She was the founder and advisor of Central Communication Agency, a full-service, student-run strategic communication agency. With the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), she has served on the National PRSA Educator's Academy and as president of the Central Illinois PRSA Chapter. 

    Putting knowledge to work

    All of our programs include a service learning component. We prepare you for serving God and humanity in whatever career field you choose. Working with your classmates, you evaluate and plan how your group can use your gifts to serve the marginalized people in Kankakee County – the homeless, developmentally disabled, mentally challenged, elderly. You may:

    • put together a show.
    • plan and lead a fundraiser for a shelter.
    • help people tell their most compelling life stories.
    • engage with area residents in many other ways.

    Become a member of 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.

    To complete your required internship, tap into the world of communication in Chicago, the #3-media market in the United States. Olivet’s proximity and professional connections offer you many choices for world-class, high-caliber internships. You also have many advantages for finding a job after graduation.


    Every week, we hear exciting news from our alumni about where they work and how they use what they learned at Olivet. They are excited about what they do and available to assist you in the future.

    Alumni careers include: Broadcast journalist, executive producer, post production coordinator, media services analyst, advertising account coordinator, newspaper reporter, sales and event coordinator, business owner, professor, director of marketing, photographer, communication and church engagement manager, freelance journalist, university admission counselor, film producer, stage actor, screen actor, TV morning news anchor, TV news reporter, TV show co-host, TV news producer, media pastor, production assistant, TV producer/director, TV technical director-editor

    Companies and organizations that have employed our graduates: The Villages (Florida) Daily Sun, KCWY-TV (Wyoming), Fox Milwaukee (Wisconsin), WAND-TV (Illinois), WLWT-TV (Ohio), Comcast Sports Network, Public Broadcasting System (Illinois), Nazarene World Mission Communications, DMG Entertainment (California), Invesco Corporation, WMTV (Wisconsin), ABC 7 Chicago, WGFA, Apple Inc., Quad City River Bandits, Shine.FM, World Relief, WNPR Radio (Connecticut), Platform Advertising (Kansas City), Drury Lane Theatre (Chicago), Light Opera Works (Illinois)

    Areas of study

    Communication Studies, B.A. and B.S.
    Communication Teaching, minor
    Corporate Communication
    Film Studies, concentration 
    Live Event Media Management, concentration
    Ministry Media, concentration
    Multimedia Communication, B.S.
    Multimedia Journalism, concentration
    Musical Theatre, minor
    Public Relations and Strategic Communication
    Radio and Record Industry, concentration
    Television and Video Production, concentration
    Theatre, minor

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