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)

Required Courses

Communication Theory
Theories of Persuasion
COM-204 Advanced Speech (COM 104 or 290)
COM-251 Interpersonal Communication
COM 348 Communication Research Methods
COM 350 Team and Group Communication
COM 452
COM 491
Seminar in Communication Studies (COM 348 and COM 350; or POI)

Internship in Communication (to count for seminar credit, students  need a 3.2 GPA and POI)
Select ONE of the following Emphasis areas:

Communication and Culture

Choose two of the following classes; at least one course must be 300 level

COM 252 Intercultural Communication
COM 318 Gender and Communication
COM 328 Sitcoms and American Culture
COM 330 Documenting Cultures Through Travel
COM 353 Nonverbal Communication (COM 104 or COM 290 or POI)
GLS 308 World Music
GLS 310 Ethnographic Film
MCS 110  Race, Class, and Gender in America
MCS 220 Issues in Multicultural Studies

Organizational Communication

Choose two of the following classes; at least one course must be 300 level

COM 240 Public Relations
COM 253 Organizational Communication
COM 280 Issues in Event Planning (COM 240 or MKT 200)
COM 254 Introduction to Health Communication
MGT 201 Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior
PHL 203 Business Ethics
POL 325 Public Administration
MGT 310 Human Resource Management (MGT 201)
MGT 363 Management Skills (MGT 201)

No more than 2 courses may be used to meet the requirements for both major and minor in the Department.

If a student receives a grade lower than a “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.

Some of the requirements for the minor/major can be met by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor to get more information.