Program Learning Outcomes | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates with a major in International Studies should be able to:


PLO #1. International Relations

  • a. Students must recognize the international system's major political and economic features and trends, and demonstrate how complex international problems may be analyzed through a multidisciplinary approach.
  • b. Students must identify the major theories of how state and nonstate actors in the international system relate and the evolution of the international system.
  • c. Students must describe basic economic concepts and demonstrate how economic reasoning may be applied to pressing international issues.

PLO #2. Cross Cultural Competency

  • a. Students must describe key conceptual differences among cultures, and explain their impact on the international media and negotiations.
  • b. Students must express competency at an elementary level in at least two languages other than native, or at an intermediate level in one language.
  • c. Students must explain how a Christian worldview affects culture and public policies formulated by state and nonstate actors in response to international problems.
  • d. Students must complete a study abroad through International Programs.

PLO #3. Functional/Regional Competency in Major

  • a. Political Studies Specialization: Students must recognize the central theories of international relations, key concepts of comparative politics, and be able to apply these theories in evaluating new cases dealing with international political issues.
  • b. Economic Studies Specialization: Students must recognize basic economic concepts, perform quantitative analysis, interpret economic data, and apply economic reasoning to international issues.
  • c. International/Intercultural Communication Studies Specialization: Students must describe key cross-cultural concepts, describe the impact of culture on global and mass media issues, and use exercises to demonstrate how cultural differences are manifested.
  • d. International Management Specialization: Students must recognize the basic concepts of management, the psychological and sociological aspects of human behavior as they relate to management, and be able to employ these concepts to management in an international context.
  • e. Asian Studies Specialization: Students must be able to recognize the major geographical features of India, China, and Japan, identify the historical periods of Asia's major civilizations, describe the major philosophical traditions of Asia, and effectively apply the basic grammar and vocabulary of one Asian language.
  • f. European Studies Specialization: Students must be able to describe the impact of the Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Treaty of Versailles, World War II, and European integration on the development of European international relations.
  • g. Latin American Studies Specialization: Students must be able to describe the impact of Iberian exploration and colonization on Indian society, know the major economic, political, and cultural features of the colonial era, describe the modern dilemmas of economic and political liberalization, and master the basic grammar and vocabulary of Spanish.
  • h. Middle East/North Africa Specialization: Students must be able to describe the geographical features of the Middle East and North Africa, identify the major historical periods, explain the region's cultural and religious traditions, and effectively use the basic grammar and vocabulary of Arabic.

PLO #4. Research Competency

  • a. Students must be able to demonstrate competency in data analysis and presentation.
  • b. Students must be able to conduct academic research, write reports, and give presentations.