Journalism students at Rider hone their writing skills and learn to mine databases in the Communication and Journalism Department’s three state-of-the-art Journalism Labs. In addition, students get out of the classroom to gather information for their stories, attending Township Council meetings, conducting exit polls during elections and reporting live on a New Jersey Devils game, to name just a few. In the capstone course, students write thorough investigative pieces, learning from faculty who have themselves been working journalists.

Students also have the opportunity, even as freshmen, to write, take photos, design pages, and edit for The Rider News, the campus's award-winning student newspaper, or to produce news for The Rider University Network.

Departmental Core (24 credits)

Journalism Major (24 semester hours)

COM-204Advanced Speech (COM 104 or 290)
COM-210News Reporting and Writing (COM 102)
COM-211Copy Editing (COM 102)
COM-212Publication Design3
COM-215Computer Assisted Reporting (COM 102)
COM-316Feature Writing (COM 102 or 107)
COM-415In-Depth Reporting (COM 210)3
One course from the following:3
COM-201Communication Theory 
COM-205Theories of Persuasion 
COM-233Writing for Broadcast 
COM-234Audio Production 
COM-240Public Relations 
COM-253Organizational Communication 
COM-261Multimedia Production I: Interactive Design 
COM-360Advanced Publication Design (COM 212)
International Communication  

Note: Students may not carry a double major within the department. Communication and journalism majors may declare only one minor in the department. No more than two courses may be used to meet the requirements for both a major and a minor in the department.

If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a course required in a major or minor in the department, the student must repeat the course. Credit will only be awarded once for a course that is repeated. The student must also repeat the course before enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.