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Communication Division


Journalism Major

At Pepperdine we believe society can’t survive without ethically trained, conscientious and fair professionals helping citizens learn the news they need to know in order to vote and participate in their communities, churches and civic groups. Our students will learn the best of newsgathering and how the news can be distributed through newspapers, magazines, television, the Internet and wireless devices. At Pepperdine, we think our students will help design solutions to the challenges facing commercial journalism today so both the profession and our graduates thrive in the future. A Pepperdine journalism degree also provides a solid foundation for those considering a career in law, teaching and numerous other endeavors.

Student Learning Outcomes

A Journalism major who graduates from Pepperdine can:

1. Explain the role of the free press in a democratic society, apply the principles and laws of free speech, identify the key events history of journalism, and identify the trends of the current media landscape and of the journalism industry.

2. Conduct relevant research, identify and interview sources for news articles, evaluate source credibility, and present the resulting news stories in a clear and concise fashion using a variety of words, images and sound.

3. Collaborate with respect for others and make ethical choices in the production, management, funding and promotion of media messages.

4. Recognize insensitivity, disrespect and injustice and develop practices to respect and include minority voices and perspectives.

Course Requirements

The journalism major is designed to give all students a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the media and their place in a free society. In addition, each student completes a sequence of courses intended to develop practical skills related to a potential career area. The program offers students laboratory production experience appropriate to their interest area in the campus Student Publications Office, as well as opportunities to gain initial training in a professional environment.

Although the information below is excerpted from the Seaver catalog, this is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit