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Message from our Divisional Dean


Communication Chair Sarah Stone Watt

Welcome to the Communication Division! Our programs are designed to support the Christian Liberal Arts mission of Seaver College by developing students' abilities to think critically and creatively, tell compelling stories, communicate across multiple mediums, and engage diverse audiences ethically and effectively. Each of our majors, minors, and co-curricular activities are designed to help students achieve these goals while gaining a broader sense of their purpose or vocation.

We offer seven different majors to help students develop advanced skills: Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Integrated Marketing Communication, Screen Arts, and Sport Administration. Regardless of their major program, all students in this division begin with a solid foundation in communication theory and/or interpersonal communication. They build on this foundation with a communication research course where they learn to ask tough questions and answer them using quantitative, qualitative, and/or critical methods. As they move toward graduation, all Communication Division students round out their education with a capstone course in their major, an upper division internship, and a senior seminar in communication ethics. In the communication ethics class, students from all seven majors come together to consider how their faith, worldview, and academic training equip them to respond ethically in even the most challenging situations.

All students at Seaver College, regardless of major, are welcome to enhance their knowledge and practice their communication skills through participation in the Communication Division's co-curricular programs:

  • Waves Debate Team
  • Pepperdine Graphic Media
  • NewsWaves
  • Student Media Productions
  • The Waves Effect

If you are a student considering Pepperdine, we hope that you will set up a tour with the admissions office and come and visit us in the Center for Communication and Business, or contact our office. If you are a graduate of our program, please send us a note to let us know what you are doing. We always enjoy hearing where your adventures have taken you!

Sarah Stone Watt
Divisional Dean of Communication
Professor of Communication