Communication Major and Minor

Communication majors engage in public speaking - Communication Degree

The Seaver College communication major prepares students to excel as communicators, whether in the domestic professional sphere, the non-profit sector, or the international business world. Our communication degree program teaches students about the related contexts, modes, and media necessary to studying and understanding the process of communication.

Communication Degree

Communication majors have the option to choose between four sequences:

Communication Minors

Communication 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.

Communication Minor in Speech Communication

Our speech 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.

Student Opportunities for Communication Majors

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 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.

Internship Fast Facts

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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Communication 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 professional/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

Student Testimonials for Communication Sequences