Rhetoric and Leadership Sequence | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

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

Our experiential learning opportunities encourage you to learn as you experience the "real world." This experience 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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Internships

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

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Our Students

Thousands of successful professionals and civic leaders have earned degrees from the Communication Division at Seaver College. Learn about our honor societies and a few notable Pepperdine alumni who are making a difference.

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Careers

Intercultural Communication

  • International business representative
  • Human resources and development trainer
  • Human resources consultant
  • Diversity consultant
  • Graduate study in communication, business, cultural studies, and education
  • Public relations specialist
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Diplomat
  • Study abroad coordinator
  • International programs director for universities

Interpersonal Communication

  • Sales representative/customer service agent
  • Social media/marketing coordinator
  • Insurance or real estate agent
  • Recruiter
  • Ministry professional
  • Mental health, social work, child welfare, career counselor
  • Hotel and hospitality manager
  • Human resources, employee relations, and benefits coordinator
  • Human rights officer
  • Non-profit professiona/community affairs liaison
  • Meeting and event planner/activity director

Organizational Communication

  • Organizational manager
  • Organizational analyst
  • Employee relations coordinator
  • Human resources manager
  • Director of corporate philanthropy
  • Corporate trainer
  • Communication director
  • Communication consultant
  • Negotiator or corporate mediator
  • Nonprofit organization director

Rhetoric and Leadership

  • Lawyer
  • Political consultant/speech writer
  • Director of communications
  • Development specialist
  • Recruitment specialist
  • Public or human relations specialist
  • Teacher/professor
  • Minister
  • Grant writer/technical writer
  • Radio or television careers

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