1 of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Academic Catalog For More Information Requests for further information should be addressed to: Office of Admission, Seaver College Pepperdine University Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, California Telephone: (310) Facsimile: (310) seaver.pepperdine.edu
2 Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. As a Christian university, Pepperdine affirms: That God is That God is revealed uniquely in Christ That the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process That the student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise That the quality of student life is a valid concern of the University That truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline That spiritual commitment, tolerating no excuse for mediocrity, demands the highest standards of academic excellence That freedom, whether spiritual, intellectual, or economic, is indivisible That knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service
3 Contents 3 CONTENTS Seaver College Academic Calendar...4 President s Message...8 Dean s Message...9 General Information Admission Information Financial Information Academic Policies Academic Programs International Programs Business Administration Division Communication Division Fine Arts Division Humanities and Teacher Education Division International Studies and Languages Division Natural Science Division Religion Division Social Science Division Interdisciplinary Programs Administration and Faculty Legal Notices Course Index General Index Seaver College Directory Campus Maps
4 4 Calendar Seaver College Academic Calendar Fall 2014 (August 25 December 11, 2014) Friday, August 1 Thursday, August 14 Monday, August 18 Monday, August 18 Tuesday, August 19 Tuesday, August 19 Sunday, August 24 Saturday, August 23 Sunday, August 24 Monday, August 25 Friday, August 29 Early arrival of students begins Orientation leaders return to campus Housing check-in for new international students Orientation begins for new international students Housing check-in for all other new students Orientation for all new students Housing check-in for returning students Classes begin Last day of add/drop period; last day 100% refund period Saturday, August 30 Withdrawal period begins; refund percentage applies Monday, September 1 Labor Day holiday Monday, September 8 Last day to change Cr/NC status Monday, September 15 Last day of 75% refund period Wednesday, September 17 Founders Day Monday, September 22 Last day of 50% refund period Monday, September 22 Priority application deadline for submission of International Programs Academic Year and Summer Monday, September 29 Friday, October 3 Wednesday, October 15 Friday, October 17 Sunday, October 19 Monday, October 20 Tuesday, November 4 Wednesday, November 5 Thursday, November 6 Friday, November 7 Monday, November 10 Last day of 25% refund period Faculty Conference; no classes meet Seaver undergraduate Spring 2015 application deadline Waves Weekend Last day to withdraw with a grade of W Early registration period Graduate student and senior registration for spring and summer terms Junior registration for spring and summer terms Sophomore registration for spring and summer terms First-Year Students registration for spring and summer terms
5 Calendar 5 Friday, November 14 Monday, November 17 Friday, November 21 Friday, November 21 Sunday, December 7 Monday, November 24 Monday, November 24 Wednesday, November 26 Friday, November 28 Monday, December 1 Monday, December 8 Thursday, December 11 Monday, December 8 Friday, December 12 Friday, December 12 Friday, December 12 Wednesday, December 24 Thursday, January 1 Last day for oral defense of master s thesis or project Last day to submit tentatively approved copy of thesis and signed thesis routing sheet to the Seaver Dean s Office (master s programs) Last day to withdraw with a grade of WP/WF by 5 p.m. Online Course Evaluation period begins at midnight Thanksgiving Service Deadline for submission of final signed thesis or project to the Seaver Dean s Office Thanksgiving holiday; no classes meet Last day to submit Change of Final Exam form Final exams Residents check out of on-campus housing 24 hours after their last final exam, but no later than Friday at 9 a.m. Residence halls close at 9 a.m. Fall 2013 degree conferred date Winter Break; all offices closed Spring 2015 (January 12 April 30, 2015) Monday, January 5 Seaver undergraduate Fall 2016 application deadline Wednesday, January 7 Housing check-in for new international students Wednesday, January 7 Orientation begins for new international students Wednesday, January 7 Thursday, January 8 Sunday, January 11 Saturday, January 10 Sunday, January 11 Monday, January 12 Friday, January 16 Saturday, January 17 Monday, January 19 Housing check-in for all other new students Orientation for all new students Housing check-in for returning students (1-5 p.m.) Classes begin Last day of add/drop period; last day 100% refund period Withdrawal period begins; refund percentage applies Martin Luther King Day; all offices closed
6 6 Calendar Monday, January 26 Monday, January 26 Monday, February 2 Monday, February 9 Monday, February 16 Monday, March 2 Friday, March 6 Tuesday, March 10 Wednesday, March 11 Thursday, March 12 Friday, March 13 Monday, March 16 Monday, March 16 Thursday, March 19 Friday, March 27 Monday, March 30 Monday, March 30 Sunday, April 5 Monday, April 6 Friday, April 17 Saturday, April 18 Sunday, April 26 Monday, April 20 Monday, April 27 Thursday, April 30 Monday, April 27 Friday, May 1 Friday, May 1 Friday, May 1 Saturday, May 2 Last day to change Cr/NC status Regular application deadline for submission of International Programs Academic Year and Summer Last day of 75% refund period Last day of 50% refund period Last day of 25% refund period Spring Break; no classes meet Early registration period Graduate student and senior registration for fall semester Junior registration for fall semester Sophomore registration for fall semester First-Year Students registration for fall semester Last day to withdraw with a grade of W Last day to register for fall semester Last day for oral defense of master s thesis Last day to submit tentatively approved copy of thesis and signed thesis routing sheet to the Seaver Dean s Office (master s programs) Easter Service Easter Deadline for submission of final signed thesis or project to the Seaver Dean s Office Last day to withdraw with a grade of WP/WF by 5 p.m. Online Course Evaluation period begins at midnight Last day to submit Change of Final Exam form Final exams Residents check out of on-campus housing 24 hours after their last final exam, but no later than Friday at 9 a.m. (except for graduating students) Residence halls close at 9 a.m. (except for graduating students) Graduation Receptions and Baccalaureate Graduation
7 Calendar 7 Saturday, May 2 Sunday, May 3 Tuesday, May 5 Friday, May 8 Saturday, August 1 Spring 2015 degree conferred date Graduating students check out of on-campus housing by 9 a.m. Pepperdine Bible Lectures Summer 2015 degree conferred date Summer 2015 (May 11 July 31) SCHEDULE SESSION I SESSION II SESSION III Housing Check-in Sunday, May p.m. Sunday, June p.m. Sunday, July p.m. Classes Begin Monday, May 11 Monday, June 8 Monday, July 6 Last day of add/drop Tuesday, May 12 Tuesday, June 9 Tuesday, July 7 Last day of 100% Refund Tuesday, May 12 Tuesday, June 9 Tuesday, July 7 Last day of Cr/NC Last day of 75% refund Wednesday, May 13 Thursday, May 14 Wednesday, June 10 Thursday, June 11 Wednesday, July 8 Thursday, July 9 Last day of 50% refund Monday, May 18 Monday, June 15 Monday, July 13 Last day of 25% refund Tuesday, May 19 Tuesday, June 16 Tuesday, July 14 Last day to withdraw with a grade of W Online Course Evaluation Period Last day to withdraw with a grade of WP/WF Final Exams * Classes meeting Monday-Thursday will have finals on Thursday Tuesday, May 26 Monday, June 22 Tuesday, July 21 Friday, May 29 Wednesday, June 3 Wednesday, June 3 * Monday, May 25, 2015, is the Memorial Day Holiday Friday, July 3, 2015, is the Independence Day observed Friday June 26 Wednesday, July 1 Wednesday, July 1 Friday July 24 Wednesday, July 29 Wednesday, July 29 Friday, June 5 Thursday, July 2 Friday, July 31
8 8 President s Message President s Message I would venture that the benefits of an excellent education are among the few constants in this century of change and challenge. And at Pepperdine University, I feel confident in asserting that the benefit of a faith-inspired education, one which affirms the importance of quality, student-centered teaching and the value of your own spiritual journey, will prepare you abundantly for the career and life to which you aspire. Pepperdine has a glorious history and a founder who believed not just in the young people who arrived and enrolled in 1937 in South Los Angeles, but in you. Beyond our 7,600 students in five colleges, our community embraces nearly 100,000 alumni around the globe, international campuses that will transform your life and worldview in the course of a semester or academic year, national-championship athletics, and a heart for service that beats devotedly on six continents through selfless acts and outstretched hands. As you consider the part you will play in society and the career you hope to pursue, weigh carefully your college choice and the investment a university like Pepperdine is determined to make in you. It is our responsibility to afford you every opportunity to master the skills of critical thinking and discover your calling, with access to faculty distinguished in their disciplines and professions in an environment that is equipped for learning; indeed, one that is enabling, nurturing, and safe. Welcome to Pepperdine, a distinctively different university. We pledge to prepare you well for a life of purpose, service, and leadership, if you will let us. Andrew K. Benton President
9 Dean s Message 9 Dean s Message The 21st century presents colleges with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. This century, now often labeled the global century, demands that we think carefully and strategically about how best to educate the young minds and hearts that will be called upon to address and resolve long-standing difficulties and issues not yet conceived. Those issues range from ecological to societal to spiritual. With the explosion in knowledge, and information moving at warp speed, colleges must not only educate the mind to handle deftly these challenges, but also educate the heart to make solid ethical choices that benefit society and bless human life upon this planet. At Seaver College, we remain convinced that the best education for these challenging times is the traditional liberal arts education that emphasizes the fundamental skills of critical reading and mathematical analysis, interdisciplinary thinking, coherent writing and speaking, and ethical sensitivity. The traditional liberal arts curriculum engages the soul and the mind, while exposing students to the best thinking and analysis of the past and present. Numerous contemporary leaders today are issuing a clarion call for the need for a solid liberal arts education to deal with the challenging forces of our time. At Seaver College, we enmesh our liberal arts curriculum within our major degree programs. This empowers our students to receive an education that is simultaneously broad and yet appropriately specialized to their particular interests. This entire educational enterprise is set against the backdrop of the Christian faith. As our founder George Pepperdine stated in his inaugural address, educating a person without addressing the moral implications of decisions made makes one dangerous to society and others. We aspire to produce graduates who are passionate about how their education can be used to benefit others, and to make our world a better place for all. If you find this kind of education appealing, Seaver College is likely an excellent choice for you. Rick R. Marrs Dean, Seaver College and Professor of Religion
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12 12 General Information History of the University Pepperdine University is an independent, medium-sized university enrolling approximately 7,300 students in five colleges and schools. Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy are located on the University s 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. Courses are taught in Malibu, at four graduate campuses in Southern California, at the campus in Washington, D.C., and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, and China. The University was founded in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman who started the Western Auto Supply Company. For the first 30 years of its life, the institution was a small, mostly undergraduate college. University status was achieved in 1970 as the institution added graduate and professional schools. In 1972, the University opened its new campus at Malibu. Pepperdine University is religiously affiliated with Churches of Christ, of which Mr. Pepperdine was a lifelong member. Faculty, administrators, and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, and students of all races and faiths are welcomed. It is the purpose of Pepperdine University to pursue the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. Colleges and Schools of the University Seaver College is the University s residential college of letters, arts, and sciences, enrolling approximately 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students who are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence and personal conduct. An interdisciplinary curriculum requires each student to develop as a broadly educated person. Seaver College offers 44 bachelor s degrees, nine master s degrees, and one post-baccalaureate certificate program in diverse fields of study. The School of Law provides an excellent legal education within a valuescentered context. It has an enrollment of approximately 650 full-time students. Special programs include international law study semesters in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, London, and Seoul; numerous clinical education programs; the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law; and the internationally acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Special Education Advocacy Clinic contribute to the law school s distinctive approach to legal education. Approved by the American Bar Association and holding membership in the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif, the School of Law attracts students from throughout the nation. The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management is one of the nation s largest graduate business schools accredited by the Association
13 General Information 13 to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and enrolls approximately 1,500 students in its full- and part-time programs. Founded in 1969, the school is named for its benefactor, the late cofounder, chair, and chief executive officer of Imperial Bancorp, George L. Graziadio. Its mission is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice. Degree programs offered by the Graziadio School include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) for full-time students, working professionals, and highlevel executives; the International Master of Business Administration (IMBA); the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD); the Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML); the Master of Science in Global Business (MSGB); the Master of Science in Applied Finance (MSAF); the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSEN); and the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM). Special programs include a joint BSM and MBA program, joint degrees with Pepperdine University s School of Law (JD/MBA), School of Public Policy (MBA/MPP), and Seaver College (BS/MBA, BS/IMBA, or MS in Accounting), and certificate executive education programs that can be customized to meet an organization s specific learning needs. Degree programs are offered at the Graziadio School s headquarters located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus; the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu; and additional campuses located throughout Southern California including Encino, Irvine, and Westlake Village. The Executive MBA program also is available in Northern California. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology enrolls approximately 1,600 students. With its main headquarters located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, the Graduate School also offers select programs at graduate campuses in Malibu, Irvine, Encino, and Westlake Village, as well as online. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers a total of 10 master s and doctoral programs in education and psychology, all of which are founded on the theoretical understanding of service through leadership. The education programs prepare teachers who are leaders in technological innovation and collaborative learning environments and administrators who create vision and manage change in business, health, and other social service professions. Students in the psychology programs are educated in current and emerging human service fields, including clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy. Emphasis is placed on the practitioner-scholar model of learning, with emphasis on discovery, scholarship, research, and clinical application. In conjunction with an excellent professional education, students are provided with personal attention in a Christian, values-centered context. The School of Public Policy enrolls approximately 100 students and offers its Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights balanced with personal moral certainties that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It prepares graduates for careers as leaders and seeks also to strengthen the institutions that lie between
14 14 General Information the federal government and the individual, including the family, religious organizations, volunteer associations, local and regional government, and nonprofit organizations. Joint degree programs include the MPP/JD degree and the MPP/MDR degree in conjunction with the School of Law and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership educates, researches, and promotes to current and future public leaders the engagement of the greater public in making crucial local policy decisions. Along with current students, the institute works outside the classroom, training current municipal and civic leaders through regional seminars in skills development on issues ranging from participatory budgeting to planning. History of Seaver College Pepperdine University was originally established in 1937 as a small, residential, mostly undergraduate liberal arts college. From that classic heritage, today s University has developed into five schools and colleges. At the heart of the University, preserving and extending the original Pepperdine mission, is Seaver College at Malibu. Seaver College was opened in 1972 when the University was in the midst of its most dynamic period of growth. It is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Seaver, whose support of independent higher education in California is truly of historic proportion. Frank R. Seaver and George Pepperdine were contemporaries. They became acquainted when Mr. Pepperdine was expanding his Western Auto Supply Stores and Mr. Seaver was creating his great Hydril Company. Rugged individualists, inventive, long-range thinkers, and astute businessmen, they were cut from the same stout cloth. Both believed that the best investment for the future was to provide a values-centered education for young people. Both were devoted husbands who shared their lives and philanthropy with their partners. Mr. Seaver, son of a pioneering California family, graduated in 1905 from Pomona College, an institution similar to the one which now bears his name. His alma mater was one of the formative forces of his life. What Pomona College did for Frank Seaver is what Seaver College hopes to accomplish in the lives of young people. Augmenting his strong family training, Pomona College taught him integrity, discipline, responsibility, hard work, and thrift. He left college with a sense of purpose in life and a great faith in God. For Frank Seaver, the most important college experience was the regular chapel service. When Frank Seaver succeeded in business, in an act of profound generosity, he gave back to Pomona College the monumental Seaver Science Center. By the time of his passing in 1964, Mr. Seaver had helped many institutions. The surest evidence of Frank Seaver s remarkably good judgment was exhibited on September 16, 1916, when he married Blanche Ellen Theodora Ebert. The 10th child of a couple who had emigrated from Bergen, Norway,
15 General Information 15 Blanche was the perfect partner for Frank Seaver. She gave up her promising musical career to make her life one with his. Together, they contributed as generously to the cause of independent education as any family in the history of California. Mr. and Mrs. Seaver became interested in Pepperdine University in the early 1960s. They appreciated the Christian values of the small college which was located at that time in South Los Angeles. When Mr. Seaver died, Pepperdine University was named one of the beneficiaries of his will. After his passing, Mrs. Seaver devoted her energies toward the development of Pepperdine University. While many generous donors assisted or played major roles in building the magnificent structures, Mrs. Frank R. Seaver was the major benefactor in the establishment of the college at Malibu. The Educational Philosophy of Seaver College Seaver College stresses both academic excellence and Christian values. Its programs emphasize the importance of thinking clearly, communicating effectively, feeling keenly, and exploring thoroughly. The curriculum has been carefully designed to enable students to acquire breadth of knowledge, as well as depth of knowledge. The general studies courses emphasize broad knowledge in several areas, including communication, humanities, fine arts, international studies, natural science, religion, and social science. Specialization in a major field gives students the opportunity to develop depth of knowledge as they pursue goals consistent with individual interests and skills. Seaver College faculty members are committed both to excellent classroom teaching and to sound scholarship. Faculty members present papers at national meetings, hold offices in national organizations, and conduct significant research. Despite the importance of scholarship, faculty members remain committed to the challenge of nurturing the intellectual growth of students. Students at Seaver College have the unique opportunity of establishing close, professional relationships with their professors. A degree from Seaver College is an important academic achievement because it signifies that the recipient has completed a rigorous undergraduate education under the guidance of professors who are committed to high academic standards and to Christian values. The graduate leaves Seaver College with the broad foundation of knowledge essential to a rich personal life and a system of values necessary for coping with the complexities of modern society.
16 16 General Information The Seaver College Campus Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Seaver College occupies a beautiful stretch of the Malibu coastline nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. The winding seashore and rugged beauty of surrounding foothills provide an inspirational setting for academic enrichment and personal growth. Originally founded in 1937, George Pepperdine College was located in Vermont Knolls, a quiet neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles; but with an ever-increasing student body, the need for expansion became unavoidable. Pepperdine administrators sought a new location and eventually settled on the picturesque city of Malibu. Beginning with a generous gift of 138 acres from the Rindge-Adamson family, the Pepperdine University campus was designed and built in the span of two years and officially opened in the fall of Thanks to steadfast friend and lead benefactor, Blanche Ebert Seaver, the Malibu acres were developed into a stunning college campus with modified Spanish Mediterraneanstyle buildings. Blanche Seaver s substantial contributions helped forge the foundation for the undergraduate campus named in tribute to her late husband, Frank Roger Seaver. The moderate seaside climate permits year-round outdoor activities. In addition to the recreation facilities on campus, students have access to nearby beaches with opportunities for surfing, fishing, and boating. A peaceful city renowned for refreshing ocean air and dramatic mountain scenery, Malibu lies less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles. As a world center for trade, culture, industry, entertainment, and education, Los Angeles provides students the advantages of a vast metropolitan area. Many worldfamous venues are a short drive away: the Hollywood Bowl; the Music Center; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Walt Disney Concert Hall: the Greek Theatre; the Getty Center; Griffith Observatory; the Los Angeles Sports Arena; and Staples Center.
17 General Information 17 Student Life A college education is a healthy blend of a strong curriculum and cocurriculum. Seaver College is known for both high academic standards, as well as vibrant student life. Numerous student activities and services work to build the campus community while challenging all students, faculty, and staff to value learning and faith, citizenship and community, diversity and inclusiveness, and the value of a global world. Seaver College schedules a wide variety of social and community activities during the school year, and all students are encouraged to participate in these activities. A student calendar for the entire college community is maintained by the Dean of Student Affairs Office for the convenience of faculty, staff, and students. You can learn more about student life by browsing the Student Handbook (seaver.pepperdine.edu/studentlife/handbook/default.htm) or by visiting the Seaver College website seaver.pepperdine.edu/studentlife. Student Health Health Center The Pepperdine Student Health Center offers high-quality, multi-specialty, and low-cost health care to students. The center focuses on keeping students healthy by providing preventive care, treating illness and injury in a timely manner, and making appropriate referrals when necessary. For more information, visit community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter. Immunization Requirement The University requires all undergraduate students entering Seaver College to be immunized for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap); measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); Hepatitis B; and Meningitis (MENACTRA). Hepatitis A and Varicella vaccines (if no history of disease) are highly recommended. All immunizations should be certified by a medical practitioner, including a copy of previous immunization records. Immunizations may be obtained at the Health Center. Students who have not completed the immunization requirements will not be allowed to register until these requirements have been met. In addition, a tuberculosis screening questionnaire must be completed and appropriate screening tests performed if indicated. Students with positive PPD tuberculosis tests have the option of obtaining a confirmatory IUGR test (available at the Pepperdine Student Health Center) or evaluation by a practitioner. Students with positive IUGR tuberculosis tests must have a chest X-ray performed and an evaluation by a Student Health Center practitioner for consult and possible treatment recommendations.
18 18 General Information Health Insurance All Seaver students, including those studying abroad, are required to furnish verification of health insurance. International students are required to purchase insurance with U.S. coverage comparable to the University s policy or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students must annually submit an electronic waiver as proof of insurance upon entrance, and each fall semester thereafter; otherwise they will automatically be enrolled in SHIP. If you wish to purchase SHIP you may enroll online. The University requires health coverage for the purpose of limiting undue financial and academic stress related to illnesses during the academic year. A health insurance policy will assist in meeting not only the costs of common illnesses treated at the Student Health Center or at a private physician s office, but also the financial burden of illness and accidents involving more extensive care. University health insurance is intended to provide the lowest premium for the student while providing the greatest benefit; however, a student may purchase any policy that has comparable coverage to the University policy. For more information and to view the insurance plan offered, please visit https://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/insurance.