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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 Degree

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.


Communication Minors

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 Grads Are Doing

Data collected from the 2022 class within six months of graduation.



Employed Full-Time or Part-Time


Admitted to Graduate School


Total Settled Graduates

Why Pepperdine

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

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.

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.

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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Contact Us

Communication Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: CCB 206


Sarah Stone Watt
Divisional Dean & Professor of Communication

Lori Miller
Office Manager

Joseph Munoz
Technology Liaison