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Journalism Major and Minor

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The journalism major allows students to learn newsgathering best practices, and how news can be distributed through newspapers, magazines, television, social media, and the Internet. 

Our journalism degree program focuses on current practices and methods, while also advancing new and journalistic trends for this rapidly changing digital age.

This major gives all students a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the media and their place in a free society. In addition, each journalism major completes a sequence of courses intended to develop practical skills related to a potential career area.

We offer students laboratory production experience appropriate to their interest area in the campus Student Publications Office, as well as opportunities to gain initial training in a professional environment.

Journalism Degree

Our journalism degree provides a solid foundation in writing, research, and inquiry. The journalism major is ideal for those considering a career in law, teaching, and numerous other endeavors. Our program fosters ethically trained, conscientious and fair professionals who help readers to learn the news they need to know in order to participate in their communities, churches, and civic groups.

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Journalism Minor

Our journalism minor is an opportunity for students interested in news and media to learn the basics of journalism while still retaining their major of choice. Our minor is a perfect course complement to students who are working on student media (The Graphic, online Graphic, Currents magazine, and other publications), NewsWaves (our twice weekly student news broadcast), and other TV news programs.

Students with a minor in journalism graduate with the knowledge and skills obtained in their major, coupled with a stronger ability to report, write, edit, and produce news and information for a variety of audiences.

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.

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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

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