Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or minor in Communications Studies helps students understand the process and appreciate the art and science of connecting in a meaningful way with one another.

At Olivet, students combine communication theory with Christian principles in the classroom, and put those skills into practice everywhere from the office to the stage in a variety of careers.

Communication Studies Concentrations and Minors


The minor in theatre offers students an artistic outlet and the preparation they need for success in the theatrical world. Olivet theatre students study acting, directing, dramatic literature, technical theatre/stagecraft and are welcome to participate in numerous performance opportunities — on campus and in the community — throughout the year.

In preparation for a career as an actor, producer, director, costumer, set designer, stage manager, house manager, technical director or public relations executive, students have opportunities to connect with alumni who are already pursuing professional theatre careers. Working with professor and director of ONU Theatre Ashley Sarver, an experienced theatre professional, students gain first-hand knowledge of “show business.”

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musical Theatre

The minor in musical theatre is for students who wish to pursue a career that combines two great artistic ventures: music and theatre. Whether it’s crooning into a microphone, tickling the black and white keys, dancing in front of a painted set, or conducting a 100-piece orchestra, the love for musical theatre produces a natural high that simply cannot be duplicated. Students receive solid course instruction and direction, as well as numerous opportunities for implementing stagecraft skills- onstage and off. 

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Leadership Studies

The minor in leadership studies is an interdisciplinary academic program, which is the perfect complement to any major. Whether in schools, homes, churches, businesses or government, there is an increased need of transformational, servant leadership.

The leadership studies minor provides students the confidence and skills needed to meet our world’s greatest needs through strong leadership capabilities.



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Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. This honor society exists to encourage the development and reward the accomplishments of those in the communications program. LPH has more than 500 active chapters nationwide.

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Green Room

This student-led organization is open to anyone interested in theatre. Students work together to prepare and present both original and tried and true productions. Green Room Theatre students encourage others in the pursuit of acting and other theatre opportunities.

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