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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-204 Advanced Speech (COM 104 or 290) 3
COM-210 News Reporting and Writing (COM 102) 3
COM-211 Copy Editing (COM 102) 3
COM-212 Publication Design 3
COM-215 Computer Assisted Reporting (COM 102) 3
COM-316 Feature Writing (COM 102 or 107) 3
COM-415 In-Depth Reporting (COM 210) 3
One course from the following: 3
COM-201 Communication Theory  
COM-205 Theories of Persuasion  
COM-233 Writing for Broadcast  
COM-234 Audio Production  
COM-240 Public Relations  
COM-253 Organizational Communication  
COM-261 Multimedia Production I: Interactive Design  
COM-360 Advanced Publication Design (COM 212)  
COM-361 Photography  
COM-393 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.