Explore Diverse Connection

Enhance your writing, research, and conversation skills to develop an appreciation for diverse communication styles from human connection to digital media. Graduate with the skills to critically analyze a problem, research possible answers, evaluate information, and effectively communicate results.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Major Requirements

Communication Studies majors are given a good deal of choice in developing a curriculum that meets their personal and professional goals and interests. Students learn the fundamentals of human communication and then can focus on Communication and Culture, Organizational Culture, Communication, and Popular Culture, or Communication and Advocacy.

The Key to Success

The key to success in your personal and professional life is dependent on one single factor: the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. The Communication Studies major focuses on just that.

You will learn to construct and present arguments and information clearly and effectively, to understand how and why people communicate, to identify and address communication issues in your personal and professional relationships, and to be ready for your post-school life by engaging in an internship or a seminar to prepare for your first career or graduate school.

Potential Careers

  • Corporate/Business
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Teaching/Training
  • Non-profit & Advocacy
  • Employee/Labor Relations
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The invaluable, diverse, and unbiased experiences provided by the faculty and staff created my verbal backbone, by which I travel the globe as a capable graduate of Rider University, proudly understanding myself and others through communication."
Peter Mayer-Klepchick '15
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for communication studies?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

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Communication Leadership Certificate

Rider's Communication Leadership Certificate program is designed to enhance the two most desirable and needed skills in the professional world. The curriculum combines courses from our Organizational Leadership and Business Communication graduate programs to maximize students' experiences with these critical skills and give them a head start in acquiring a master's degree.

How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Communication in Motion

Rider's Communication, Journalism and Media Department offers one of the most extensive communication internship programs anywhere. Because Rider is located in a media-rich corridor densely populated with communication outlets as well as major corporations and non-profit organizations. Opportunities usually outnumber available students. 


Communication Studies (B.A.)

David Dewberry

Professor of Communication

Fine Arts Building

ddewberry [at] rider.edu

(609) 895-5624

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