Communication Studies

Communication Studies at Rider hone their writing, research, verbal and nonverbal communication skills which are desirable for any candidate. Communication skills, both verbal and nonverbal, are very important assets that students will develop as a Communication Studies major. In addition, most students participate in internships in order to supplement classroom learning and move into their career of choice upon graduation. In the capstone course, students bring together their research and presentation skills as they conduct comprehensive research on topics of their choosing, learning from faculty who themselves are researchers in the field.

Students also have the opportunity, even in their first year, to write and present academic research papers and present their work at undergraduate conferences both locally and regionally. Students graduate with the skills to critically analyze a problem, research possible answers, evaluate information, and report findings in an accessible manner. In a fast-changing world these are invaluable skills.

Why study Communication Studies at Rider University?

  • Employers note that effective communication skills are the number one criterion for hiring.
  • Students learn to effectively relay messages through speeches, speech writing, oral reports, performances and digital media.
  • The major instills an appreciation for diverse communication styles.
  • Democracy depends on the ability to effectively articulate ideas to others and critically evaluate problems.
  • The major balances the study of human communication and digital media convergence.

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Departmental Core (24 credits)

Communication Studies Major (24 semester hours)

Seven courses from the following, at least one at the 300 level or above:21
COM-201Communication Theory 
COM-204Advanced Speech (COM 104 or 290)
COM-205Theories of Persuasion 
COM-222Group Communication 
COM-240Public Relations 
COM-251Interpersonal Communication 
COM-252Intercultural Communication 
COM-253Organizational Communication 
COM-322Argumentation and Debate (COM 104 or 290)
COM-323Oral Interpretation of Literature (COM 104 or 290)
COM-353Nonverbal Communication (COM 104 or 290)
COM-391Communication Criticism 
COM-393International Communication 
COM-452Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal Communication (COM 222 and either COM 251 or COM 252)
GND-311Gender and Communication 
LAW-308Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
One course from the following:3
COM-106Writing for the Communication Professions 
COM-233Writing for Broadcast 

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 ā€œCā€ 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.