RVCC: Communication Studies Transfer Advising Guide

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Communication Studies (A.A.) from Raritan Valley Community College
to a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at Rider University

A.A., Communication Studies
B.A., Communication Studies (120 Credits)
First Semester      
ENGL 111 English Composition I 3 CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
Humanities 1 3 Liberal Arts Elective Ʊ 3
Mathematics 2,3 Suggest:
MATH 100 Finite Math
3 MTH 102 Finite Mathematics 3
Foreign Language Credits 4
(Two semester sequence in language is required)
3 Foreign Language Elective Ʊ, 8 3
COMM 102 Introduction to Communication Theory 3 COM 201 Communication Theory 3
  16   16
Second Semester      
ENGL 112 English Composition II 3 CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Foreign Language Credits 4
(Two semester sequence in language is required)
3 Foreign Language Elective Ʊ, 8 4
Technological Competency 3 3/4 Technology Elective Ʊ 3
COMM 101 Speech 3 COM 104 Speech Communication 3
COMM 120 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 COM 105 Communication, Culture & Media 3
  16   16
Third Semester      
Science (Lab) 3 4 Lab Science Ʊ 4
Social Science 1 Suggest:
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
3 SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3
History 1 Suggest:
HIST 101 World Civilization I
3 Free Elective Ʊ
HIS 150 World History to 1500
COMM 201 Intercultural Communication 3 COM 252 Intercultural Communication 3
Communication Specialization Elective 5 Suggest:
COMM 251 Writing for the Media
3 Free Elective Ʊ
COM 107 Writing for the Media
  15/16   16
Fourth Semester      
Social Science 1 Suggest:
POLI 121 American Government & Politics OR
POLI 101 Introduction to Political Science OR
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 Social Science Core Ʊ
POL 100 Intro to American Politics OR
POL 102 Understanding Politics OR
SOC 110 Cultural Anthropology
History 1 Suggest:
HIST 102 World Civilization II
3 HIS 151 World History Since 1500 3
Mathematics or Science 3,6 3/4 Math/Science Elective Ʊ 4
Communication Specialization Elective 5 Suggest:
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
3 Free Elective Ʊ
COM 251 Interpersonal Communication
Free Elective 7 3 Free Elective Ʊ 3
  16   16
TOTAL 60/61 TOTAL 60

Rider Course Option
COM-264-Introduction to Media Convergence (3 CR) (Rider Core Requirement)
Following completion of 30 credits and the Rider Intent to Enroll Form and while a student at Raritan Valley; students have the option to take a course at Rider that counts toward the Rider degree. The selected course allows the RVCC student to experience first-hand the academic environment at Rider. See Raritan Valley or Rider Transfer Representatives. Contact information listed below.

Raritan Valley Community College Footnotes
1 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list.
2 Mathematics by official Placement Test. Students may not take courses below placement level. Exceptions by permission of department chair.
3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list. For the Math, Science and Technological Competency General Education requirements, students must take a minimum of 12 credits. This must include at least one lab science course, one math course and satisfaction of the technological competency requirement by either passing the technological competency test (no credit) or taking a technological competency general education course. If a student passes the technological competency test, another course must be selected from Math, Science or Technological Competency General Education, so that the student has earned at least 12 credits in those categories.
4 A two-semester sequence is required. Placement by examination is required for students who wish to continue studying a language previously studied. Students may not take courses below their placement level. For more information, see Foreign Language Placement & Degree Requirements.
5 Specialization Electives in Communication Studies: ARTS 212 Still Photography I, FILM 101 Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis, FILM 122 Survey of American Film, ARTS 267 Introduction to Video Production, COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication, COMM 210 Introduction to Public Relations, COMM 267 Digital Video Production: Narrative & Documentary , COMM 130 Events Planning/Meeting Management, COMM 292 Communication/Speech Cooperative Education ARTS 261 Light, Optics & Lighting, CISY 114 Interactive Multimedia I, ARTS 278 Advanced Video Editing, COMM 251 Writing for the Media, ARTH 223 History of Photography, COMM 120 Introduction to Mass Communication, COMM 135 Event Production.
6 If the student has already completed 12 credits in the Math, Science and Technological Competency categories, the student does not need to take a course here.
7 Any college-level course. A Visual and Performing Arts Studio course is recommended.

Rider University Footnotes
Ʊ – Students have a number of options to satisfy this requirement; courses will be evaluated on an individual basis.
For transfer credit Raritan Valley students must have a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.
Raritan Valley students interested in the College of Continuing Studies (CCS) at Rider should contact that division directly,
8 – Rider requires 6 credits of a foreign language Level I & II of the same language. Choose from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish.

Requirements are subject to change. This Advising Guide is best used in consultation with an advisor.


Course Number Rider University Course Name or Core Area Credits Notes* (if course can be taken at RVCC, indicate course number)
Please see Attachment A for Rider, Communication Studies Core Requirements after August, 2015.    

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Paul Michaud
Director of Transfer & Career Services
Raritan Valley Community College
908.526.1200 X 8333
[email protected]


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Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
Ciambelli Hall

Fall 2019 Travel Schedule

Date Time School
Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Middlesex County College
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Brookdale Community College
Wednesday, October 2, 2019