Rhetoric and Leadership Sequence

The Rhetoric and Leadership Sequence prepares students for their roles as leaders in the community, politics, law, business, the church, and more. It focuses on how persuasive messages are created and delivered to audiences. Sometimes the audiences are receptive, like those at a political campaign rally; sometimes the audiences are not so receptive, as when a corporate executive must convince union members to support an unpopular company policy.

Regardless of the reason, students who study rhetoric develop a diverse set of skills that enable them to seek careers in the nonprofit sector, business, religion, education, government, and law.

Student Opportunities

Real World Experiences

At Pepperdine we don't just talk about communication; we provide you an opportunity to practice what you're learning. You can begin this learning your freshman year.

Each semester our communication majors write, direct, and produce entertainment television programs in our media and film production studio. Other students host radio programs, compete on our debate team, and participate in writing, editing, and designing our weekly print newspaper and daily online newspaper.

Our experiential learning opportunities encourage you to learn as you experience the "real world." This is experience that not only looks great on a resume, but also puts you ahead of other students when competing for similar jobs.

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Outstanding Student Leaders

Students from all different majors at Seaver College participate in our extracurricular activities, combining their natural talents with their dedication and outstanding work ethics to refine their craft and become proud representatives of their particular programs. We are proud to highlight our wonderful student leaders and showcase their work and dedication to our programs.

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Internship programs permit advertising, journalism, organizational communication, public relations, and telecommunication majors to work in a professional capacity with newspapers, radio and television stations, advertising and public relations agencies, and also with industrial concerns. Students gain field experience at the same time as, and as a part of their academic training.

Internship Fast Facts

Our Students

Thousands of successful professionals and civic leaders have studied Communication at Seaver College. Learn about our Honor Societies and a few notable Pepperdine alumni who are making a difference.

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