East Africa Summer Program

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Learn about our East Africa Program

This program combines academic study with immersion in a challenging, non-Western cultural setting. The focus will be on issues related to cross-cultural communication, global poverty, and economic development.

Program Dates

May 3 - May 30, 2017

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX


Please note: There will be a $100 visa that students must purchase in order to enter Uganda/Rwanda. 

Course Requirements:

4 unit requirement. Students must take either COM 313 or REL 301 and HUM 295. Students cannot take all 3 courses.

Course Offerings:

COM 313- Intro to Intercultural Communication (4 units)

Fulfills World Civilizations GE; Prerequisite: COM 180

  • The study of interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media communication as it influences the creation of meaning between representatives of major cultures or co-cultures within a predominant culture. Includes verbal and nonverbal elements influencing communication. Contemporary insights from a variety of areas including communication, anthropology, sociology and psychology (Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses in the Communication major).

REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3 units)

Christianity and Culture GE; Prerequisite: REL 101

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience (Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only).

The East Africa Family


Greg Daum

Visiting Instructor of Communication, Communication Division, Seaver College



Greg has written a brief bio:

"A native of Southern California, I grew up right here near the beaches of Malibu. It was a dream of mine to attend Pepperdine University and to remain close to the Pacific Ocean, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to attend graduate school at Pepperdine starting in 1994. Now, almost 20 years later, I am still here at Pepperdine! It was during my time as a student at Pepperdine, that I had my first experience with Pepperdine's International Programs. I spent the summer in Banias, Israel doing archaeological work. This was the beginning stages of both my love for travel, and my desire to want to continue to be involved with Pepperdine's student body in International Programs. After receiving my graduate degrees in the fields of Communication and Religion, I was given the opportunity to serve as teacher for Pepperdine starting in 2000. Today, my main responsibility is serving as the Director for the Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis basic course (Com180), along with teaching other courses such as Interpersonal Communication (Com220) and History and Religion of Early Christianity. My International Program experiences with Pepperdine have taken me to Israel, Switzerland and most recently Uganda. Although experiencing the culture of each of these countries has been remarkable, it is the relationships that have been established with students, faculty, and those in the international community that that has had the greatest impact upon me. I look forward with great excitement for the new relationships that will be established with each of the students in our East Africa International Program in the summer of 2015!"

Location and Travel

Students will spend approximately 4 weeks in East Africa engaged in classroom study, service learning, and experiential encounters with African culture. In the past, this time has included visiting two or more of the following countries: Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. Each year the program has chosen to do something differently in order to continue to improve upon the educational experiences for the student. Historically, the students have spent the bulk of their time in Jinja, Uganda with brief experiences at the beginning or the end in Kigali, Rwanda.

Housing and Residence Life and Meals

Room and most meals (usually breakfasts and dinners included) are provided. Students will stay in a variety of lodgings ranging from hotels, guest houses, village homes and convents.

Proposed Field Trips

Events will include extensive cultural outings, boating on the Nile Rile River, an overnight visit to a rural African village, nature hikes, and the opportunity to go on a safari in an East African location. In times past, the group has done such things as a safari in Tanzania, gorilla trekking in Uganda and/or other day trips to national parks in Rwanda and Uganda.



Updated: 11.03.16