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Arts & Humanities

Arts and Humanities refers to a broad range of subjects that include—but are not limited to—English, literature, journalism and mass communication, music, philosophy, writing, visual arts, graphic design, ethics, world languages and religion. Students who select a major in the arts and humanities, therefore, study the achievements of the human spirit and mind. They work within a variety of disciplines in order to acquire a deeper understanding of themselves, civilization and the world.


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Music Program


Students who pursue a music major at Olivet College have the opportunity to study in an intimate environment with constant access to faculty, both in- and outside the classroom. As a member of this program, you will have opportunities to perform at all levels and to participate in a wide variety of ensembles, both instrumental and choral.

Our Music Program boasts 100 percent employment and graduate school acceptance rates for our majors. Our graduates work as music professionals in Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico and South Carolina. They have also pursued graduate work across the world, including the London School of Drama and Speech, Michigan State University and Bowling Green State University, for example. Olivet music graduates have also been accepted at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Longy School of Music at Bard College.

 If you would like to major in music, you must schedule an audition for the music faculty.


Download 2017-18 Music Program Auditions Flier


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Music Program Faculty

Join the Honor Band

Have you been invited to join the Olivet College Honor Band this November?  Congratulations! We hope you decide to take part, it's an exciting day and a chance for you to play as a college-level musician.

To secure your spot, you'll need to complete and return your application to the address below.  Download the application



Mail your application to:

Jeremy Duby
​320 S. Main St.
Olivet College
Olivet, MI 49076

Meet our Humanities Students

Meet Halle Burke

Halle Burke, of Warren, won the 2015-16 Global Citizens Honors Program’s (GCHP) full-tuition scholarship through an essay contest and interviews with Olivet College faculty earlier this summer.

An English major, Burke did not expect to win this award. She was overcome with emotions when a phone call full of good news came her way.

Learn more about Halle


Laura Barlond-Maas '88

Associate Professor of English

Karen Chaney, Ph.D.

Dean of Faculty; 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

Joanne Williams

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

Dustin Byrd

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Timothy S. Flynn , Ph.D.

Professor of Music

Ramona Kime, Ph.D.

Chair, Arts and Humanities Departments; Professor of Music

Jeremy Duby

Director of Bands

Gary Wertheimer, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

Thia Eller, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art

Arthur E. Williams

Professor of Theater

La'Rae M. Trice

Gospel Choir Director

Meredith Dodson, M.F.A.

Director of Writing Program; Assistant Professor of Writing

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