Program Learning Outcomes | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who completes the Communication Core should be able to:

  • Describe the essential nature of communication as a field of study and recognize its significance in interpreting human behavior.
  • Acquire foundational skills in academic and professional research, writing, analysis and presentation necessary to excel in the major courses.
  • Demonstrate the ability, through practice and performance, to clearly and effectively express messages through multiple mediums.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various ethical theories and how to apply ethical thinking to an array of ethical dilemmas.

Intercultural Communications

A student who graduates with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication should be able to:

  • Understand the definitions, philosophies and relevant research that contribute to the definition of "Culture" (and co-cultures) and the ways culture is shaped by the relevant institutions of a society.
  • Comprehend the interrelationship of culture, language and thought and the various dimensions of cultural similarities and dissimilarities (e.g., individualism vs. collectivism, etc.).
  • Analyze complex interactions between people of different cultures and design plans that facilitate the constructive transfer of meaning, thus helping diffuse conflict and misunderstanding.
  • Construct ethical messages that are appropriate for targeted audiences.

Interpersonal Communication

A student who graduates with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication should be able to:

  • Identify and explain important interpersonal communication theories and research as they relate to various interpersonal settings.
  • Explain the importance of interpersonal relationships in influencing people's beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors.
  • Use interpersonal communication theories and skills to enhance interpersonal communication competence in self and others.
  • Appraise and evaluate varied interpersonal communication interactions in order to create ethical, culturally competent, communication exchanges.

Organizational Communication

A student who graduates with an emphasis in Organizational Communication should be able to:

  • Connect liberal arts learning and critical thinking with frames of organizational and communication theory and research.
  • Explain and value the importance of civility in the workplace, meaningful work, and work-life balance.
  • Use analytic and applied skills to solve problems, make decisions, and strategize about communication in organizations using case studies, creative portfolios, internships, and service learning.
  • Engage communities and organizations with an ethical sensibility that involves dialogue, complex thinking, and spiritual discernment.

Rhetoric and Leadership

A student who graduates with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Leadership should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the central role that rhetoric and communication play at all levels of social and cultural life.
  • Identify and explain the major periods, figures, developments, and conceptions of persuasion within the history of Western rhetorical theory.
  • Apply rhetorical theory and criticism to analyze persuasive public messages and develop ethical and effective persuasive presentations for diverse situations.
  • Identify and explain characteristics and examples of ethical and effective rhetorical leadership.