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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics.  As a primarily undergraduate institution, our main goal at Rider University is to offer our students an outstanding education.
Requirements for the Chinese Minor (18 semester hours)CHI 101Chinese II3*CHI 200Chinese III3*CHI 201Chinese IV3*Plus 3 of the following courses:CHI 311Calligraphy as Window to Chinese Language and Culture
Chinese & Asian Area Studies is a multi-disciplinary minor that aims to provide students with a complex and interrelated knowledge base from which to understand China as a historical and cultural entity. The minor incorporates the study of language, the humanities and the social sciences. Students are encouraged to incorporate study abroad in their program and can complete the minor with an independent research project.
The reputation of Westminster Choir College rests in large part upon the excellence of the choirs and the success of its graduates. The nation’s leading critics and orchestra conductors continue to find the choirs worthy of the highest praise. Alumni lead some of the finest choral programs in schools, churches, communities, and on campuses across the country. Choral music is therefore the focus of all curricula.
Requirements for the Minor with a Concentration in Cinema Studies (21 semester hours)ENG-250 Literary History I3ENG-251Literary History II3ENG-284Language of Film Analysis3Literature Courses
About Rider's Communication and Journalism program
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.
The program in composition, music history and theory aims to develop the aural skills needed by all musicians, to provide the necessary theoretical knowledge for the continuing study and performance of music, to develop analytical and esthetic understanding of music forms and styles, and to foster the creative impulse in music. Required musicianship and historiography courses, Contemporary Trends, Music Since 1900, and elective theory and music history courses form the core of undergraduate study. All theory electives are defined as level I or level II under course descriptions.
 Course Requirements (6 semester hours)BSED-508Organizing and Administering Cooperative Work Experience ProgramsCOUN-505Vocational/Career Development
Students in the CBA are required to take a core of business courses designed to provide them with a solid foundation in business. These basic requirements are:
Students in the CBA are required to take a core of business courses designed to provide them with a solid foundation in business. These basic requirements are:
Rider University offers a BA in Dance. This 4-year degree is performance oriented with courses in dance history, movement theory, choreography and pedagogy. Students have the option of a dance concentration if majoring in Elementary Education, a BA degree that affords another major, or a minor in dance. All students must either audition (BA option) or take a placement class before entering the program.
The Dance Minor requires 20 credits.  Dance
This track is aimed at preparing students to be successful, strategic and impactful professionals who are able to work effectively through others.  The program offers insight into:
Students in Rider's Digital Media: Film, TV, and Radio major have the opportunity to participate in classes tailored especially to their interests. They learn the secrets behind successful production in small, hands-on classes in the Department of Communication and Journalism's Television Studio, equipped with state-of-the-art Macintosh computers, in the field, and in Rider's radio station.
The Early Childhood/Elementary Dual Licensure Program leads to two teaching certificates: Preschool through third grade (P–3) and Elementary (Kindergarten through fifth grade). In addition to the professional education courses required of elementary education students, students in this dual licensure program are required to take:
The Graduate Level Early Childhood certification program is 24 credit hours and consists of four initial courses, followed by a seminar and internship. The program is organized in a developmental sequence with initial courses providing a foundation for later courses
Note: The Earth and Environmental Sciences minor is not open to Environmental Sciences or Geosciences majors.PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Minor may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.
The choice of a major is a critical decision to every prospective college and university student. For many prospective students, economics is an excellent choice. The study of economics is both challenging and financially rewarding. In addition, job placement experts recognize economics as a flexible degree, suitable for the modern labor markets in which people can expect to change careers several times during their working lives.