Communication

Communication is an art and a science. Developing communication skills is vitally important for students as they seek to live their lives in service to others. Effective communicators have the opportunity to shape individuals and society. 

At Olivet, students gain effective communication within the framework of Christian principles. Students grow personally, professionally and academically by putting what they learn into practice.

Today’s leaders live and work in a global environment. At Olivet, communication students focus on the bigger picture — where you began, where you are, where you’re going and how you can make a difference. A global perspective is foundational to everything students do.

A well-rounded, liberal arts education is the first step to a successful career. In addition to completing coursework and projects, students learn to connect with faculty, staff and the local community. They gain the important skills that will help them when they’re ready to find a job. Developing confidence and character prepares them to explore new opportunities and make a difference for Christ.

By the Numbers
60
minutes from Chicago’s massive media market
17:1
student to faculty ratio
92%
career outcome rate in 2016
40K+
network of Olivet alumni

Areas of Study

Starting immediately during the freshman year, students receive instruction directly from their professors. Olivet’s professors are seasoned professionals, continuing to learn and adapt to today’s changing world of technology and communication. They are ready to teach you what you need to know to succeed. And they’re equally eager to pray with you!

As communication majors, students discover their interests, skills and talents. Professors help them decide what career they want to pursue. Training is customized and personalized for each student and his/her goals.

Chicago's Media Market

Tap into the world of communication in Chicago, the third largest media market in the United States. Olivet’s proximity and professional connections offer students many choices for world-class, high-caliber internships. And they have many advantages for finding a job after graduation.

Learning by Serving

All programs include a service learning component. Olivet prepares students for serving God and humanity in whatever career field they choose. Working together with their classmates, students evaluate and plan how they can use their gifts to serve the marginalized people in Kankakee County – the homeless, developmentally disabled, mentally challenged, elderly.

Meet the Faculty

Jay Martinson

Leading the development of Olivet’s communication education since 1993, Dr. Martinson demonstrates servant leadership in everything he does. One of his greatest joys is teaching communication, leadership and graduate courses. He is also the faculty advisor for the Associated Student Council. Because of his outstanding public speaking abilities, he is often on stage at dinners, presentations and celebrations on campus. He has an open-door policy and welcomes opportunities to talk with and advise students.

Communication Faculty

Internships

Exciting and challenging opportunities for completing the required internship are readily available. A wide network of alumni communication professionals plus easy access to the Chicago media market provide valuable experience.

Learning by Doing

Students interested in television broadcasting produce their own programs and share them through on YouTube through Access ONU. Public relations and strategic communication students manage and run their own agency, Inspired Strategies. Shine.FM provides radio broadcasting students with production and management experience.

Collaboration

Collaborating on exciting projects with clients — Olivet faculty, staff and students, as well as community organizations and leaders — expands students’ classroom studies. In working with their real-world clients, they learn about marketing, budgeting, planning, scheduling and much more.

ONU Communication Alumni Have Been Seen:
Communication with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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The GlimmerGlass

The GlimmerGlass is the official newspaper of the Associated Students of Olivet Nazarene University and a member of the Illinois College Press Association. All articles are written by Olivet students. The opinions expressed are those of each individual writer and are not necessarily held by the Associated Student Council, faculty, administration or students of Olivet Nazarene University.

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