RVCC: English Transfer Advising Guide

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English (A.A.) from Raritan Valley Community College to English (B.A.) at Rider University

English, A.A.
English, B.A. (120 Credits)
First Semester      
ENGL 111 English Composition I 3 CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
Social Science 1 Suggest:
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
3 Social Science Core Ʊ
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination
Mathematics 2,3 Suggest:
MATH 100 Finite Math (3)
3/4 MTH 102 Finite Mathematics 3
Appreciation of the Arts 1 Suggest:
ARTH 101 Art Appreciation OR
MUSC 102 Introduction to Music OR
THEA 103 Introduction to Theatre
3 Fine Arts Elective Ʊ
ART 120 Art & Society OR
MUS 120 Music & Society OR
THE 120 Theatre Appreciation
Foreign Language 4 3 Foreign Language Elective Ʊ,10 3
  15/16   15
Second Semester      
ENGL 112 English Composition II 3 CMP 125 Research Writing 3
Social Science 1 Suggest:
(ECON-105; POLI-105; ECON-206; POLI-101; ANTH-105)
3 Social Science Core Ʊ
(ECO-200; POL-100; EC0-201; POL-102; SOC-110)
Technological Competency 3 3/4 Technology Elective Ʊ 3
Communication 1
COMM 101 Speech OR
COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication
3 Elective Ʊ
COM 104 Speech Communication OR
COM 251 Interpersonal Communication
Foreign Language 4 3 Foreign Language Elective Ʊ,10 3
FITN 115 Dynamics of Fitness & Wellness 5 3 NOT TRANSFERRABLE 0
  16/17   15
Third Semester      
Science (Lab) 3 4 Science – Laboratory Ʊ 4
History 1 Suggest:
HIST 101 World Civilization I
3 History Elective Ʊ
HIS 150 World History to 1500
Free Elective 8 Suggest:
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology
3 PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Free Elective 6 3 English Elective Ʊ,11 3
Free Elective 6 3 English Elective Ʊ,11 3
  16   16
Fourth Semester      
Mathematics or Science 3,9 0/4 Mathematics or Science Elective Ʊ 0/4
History 1 Suggest:
HIST 102 World Civilization II
3 History Elective Ʊ
HIS 151 World History Since 1500
Global & Cultural Awareness 7 Suggest:
PHIL 114 Ethics
3 Philosophy Elective Ʊ
PHL 115 Ethics
English Elective 6 3 English Elective Ʊ,11 3
English Elective 6 3 English Elective Ʊ,11 3
TOTAL 61/65 TOTAL 60

Rider Course Option
ENG-240-Methods of Literary Analysis (3 CR)
Rider Course Option: Following completion of 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 Testing & Degree Requirements.
5 FITN 142 Elements of Physical Fitness or FITN 146 Exercise Physiology & Body Mechanics (pre-req BIOL 120 Human Biology ) may be substituted.
6 English Electives
Must take one course from Category A: ENGL 201 Introduction to Literature; ENGL 202 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism.
Choose one course each from three of the four categories B-E, for a total of 12 credits as follows:
Category B: Survey Courses (one) from among the following: ENGL 211 Masterpieces of Early World Literature , ENGL 212 World Literature Since the Renaissance , ENGL 221 American Literature: Colonial through the Civil War , ENGL 222 American Literature: Post Civil War to the Present , ENGL 235 English Literature: Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century , ENGL 236 English Literature: Romantic Period to the Present .
Category C: Genre-based Courses (one) from among the following:ENGL 213 Autobiography , ENGL 224 The Short Story , ENGL 226 Introduction to Poetry , ENGL 227 Science Fiction , ENGL 233 Shakespeare , ENGL 234 The Literature of Comedy , ENGL 262 Drama of the Western World , ENGL 281 The Modern Novel , ENGL 282 The Victorian Novel .
Category D: Diversity-based or Interdisciplinary Courses (one) from among the following: ENGL 207 Global Patterns of Racism , ENGL 214 Race in American Literature and Popular Culture , ENGL 215 LGBT Literature , ENGL 223 Ethnic Writers in America, ENGL 228 Psychology & Literature , ENGL 231 African American Literature , ENGL 259 History and Literature of the Vietnam War , ENGL 290 Women in Literature , ENGL 291 Masculinity in Literature .
Category E: Writing-Intensive Courses (one) from among the following: ENGL 247 Rhetoric and Writing Studies, ENGL 248 Creative Writing I, ENGL 249 Creative Writing II.
7 Any General Education course that is listed as a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) course. If a course satisfies both the Global & Cultural Awareness Requirement and another General Education requirement in Social Science or Humanities, the student may select any course from the General Education list.
8 Any college-level course.
9 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.

Rider University Footnotes
Ʊ - Students have a number of options to satisfy this requirement; courses will be evaluated on an individual basis.
For transfer 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.
10 - Rider requires 6 credits of a foreign language Level 1 & 2 of the same language to choose from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish .
11 – Attachment A: RVCC English Electives, see Comparative Elective Chart for ease in course selection and equivalencies.
The English Major at Rider University has 3 Concentrations: Writing Concentration; Cinema Studies Concentration and Literature Concentration. (All concentrations are 36 semester hours)

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)
11 Footnote – See Attachment A for a list of all English course equivalents from RVCC to Rider    

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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
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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