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