Communication Studies Major and Minor
The communication studies degree at Seaver College examines the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in human relationships. The major requires a broad range of courses and the study of communication is crucial to a liberal arts education. Strong communication skills are important in work and leisure, profession and home, politics and religion, and in many other areas.
Communication Studies at Pepperdine University is a learning community consistent with the Christian mission of Seaver College that develops global citizens who competently convey ideas and promote human flourishing.
Students who major in Communication Studies will demonstrate:
- Awareness of the interconnectedness between self, others, and calling
- Understanding of communication systems in order to foster justice
- Skills for collecting, analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting messages
- Competent communication across differences and contexts
- Ethical communication and dialogical practice
We encourage you to discover more about our Christian mission.
Minor in Rhetoric and Leadership
Our rhetoric and leadership minor prepares students to be leaders in the community, politics, law, business, church, and more. We focus on learning to craft, create, and deliver persuasive messages to audiences. Students develop a diverse set of skills that enable them to seek careers in the business, education, government, law, religion, and nonprofit sectors
Minor in Communication
Our communication minor is for students who realize that their future success as leaders—regardless of their career choice—depends on compelling spoken and written messages that educate and inspire audiences. Our students move beyond the basic introduction to speech-making and audience analysis to a deeper understanding of context, history, and rhetorical invention.
What Communication Division Grads Are Doing
Employed Full-Time or Part-Time
Admitted to Graduate School
Full-Time Volunteer or Other Activity
Seeking Employment or Grad School
Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.
Located in Malibu, CA
13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
80% of Students Participate in an International Program
120,000 + Alumni Network
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.
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.
Internships for Communication Majors
Communication internship programs provide opportunities for students studying journalism, organizational communication, public relations, and telecommunication to work in a professional capacity with newspapers, radio
and television stations, and advertising and public relations agencies. Students gain
field experience at the same time as, and as a part of, their academic training.
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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Malibu, CA 90263
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Sarah Stone Watt
Divisional Dean & Professor of Communication