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"As a junior majoring in English at Olivet College, I thought my poetry was pretty good. My parents adored my writing (but that’s just what parents do). My professors complimented me on my skill (but it was never anything over the top). So when an opportunity to apply for the Nature in Words Fellowship at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (PCCI) came up, I couldn’t think of a reason not to go for it."

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When Daine Pavloski ’12 was five-years-old, he started watching Sports Center before school every day. He took this love of sports and turned it into a career as the sports writer for the Big Rapids-based The Pioneer Newspaper.

Pavloski now writes full-time for The Pioneer, covering high school basketball, hockey and other athletic events. “It’s been a fantastic start to my post-Olivet life,” he added.

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Travon Tatum is a sophomore majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is president of Mu Omega Pi fraternity, a President’s Leadership Institute Fellow and a member of Olivet’s record-breaking 4x100 relay team.

For a student who participates in numerous activities that place him squarely in the limelight, he plans to pursue a career behind the scenes.

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About the Humanities Department

What do the co-founder and CEO of PayPal, a Major League Baseball commissioner, a Supreme Court justice, retired U.S. Army four-star general and the former CEO of Walt Disney World have in common?

They all hold degrees in the humanities.

If you are interested in pursuing a major in the humanities at Olivet College, you will acquire a deeper understanding of yourself, civilization and the world. You will gain complex critical thinking skills and learn to write purposefully, become an analytical critic of the written and spoken word, and gain broader understanding of the intangible and spiritual. You’ll also gain knowledge of other cultures, which is increasingly important in our interconnected, complex world, whether your career interests are in business, education, service or the social sector.

A humanities degree from Olivet College will provide you with truly marketable skills for a broad range of career ambitions.


Laura Barlond-Maas '88

Associate Professor of English; Director of Writing Programs

Karen Chaney, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Chair, Liberal Arts Core Curriculum; Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Ethics

Mike Fales

Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministries; Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D.

Professor of Humanities

Gary Smith

Director, Journalism and Mass Communication; Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Joanne Williams

Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication; Advisor, The Echo; Career Services Director

Dustin Bryd

Assistant Professor of Humanities


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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