General Education Requirements

Fine and Performing Arts General Education Requirements

In addition to the information given here and on the following pages, students are referred to individual department handbooks for additional information and requirements.

Students in any Fine and Performing Arts degree must earn a minimum of 120 credits. The BFA in Musical Theatre requires a minimum of 121 credits.

General Education Requirements

Students in the Department of Communication, Media & Journalism, as well as the Fine Arts major (Art track) must complete the General Education Curriculum as listed under the College of Arts and Sciences. All other majors in the School of Communication, Media and Performing Arts must complete these requirements: 

CMP 120Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric3
or BHP 100 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas I
Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Writing and Research
Honors Seminar: Great Ideas II
Literature and Composition
Reading 1
CRC 100College Reading (0-2 Supplemental Education Units)0-2
Foreign Language
Two semesters of the same language are required. To be chosen from Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. 26
Mathematics 3
Select one of the following:3-4
Finite Mathematics
Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus I
World History
HIS 150World History to 15003
HIS 151World History Since 15003
Select one course from the following list:3
Understanding Literature
Arthurian Legends in Literature
Major American Authors
Major British Authors
Literature and Mythology
Monsters in Literature
Satire and Comedy
Introduction To Shakespeare
Literature and Violence
Literature & Society
Literature and Psychology
Science Fiction
Black American Lit
Multi-Ethnic Literature in America
Women In Literature
Major Poets
Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature
The Short Story
Human Relationships in Literature (HONORS)
Masterworks of Western Literature I
Masterworks of Western Literature II
Russian Literature 988-1850
Russian Literature 1850-1917
20th Century Russian Literature
German Literature & Film in English Translation
The Folk Tale
Hispanic Literature & Film in English Translations
European Short Novel
The Bible As Literature
Law, Literature, and Film in America
Select one of the following:3
Any course in the Philosophy (PHL) Department
Social Science, Communication and Professional Preparation
Select one of the following:3
Speech Communication
Communication, Culture and Media
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
U.S. Politics in Crisis
Power, Politics and Justice
Sociological Imagination
Cultural Anthropology
Natural and Physical Science
Select one course from the following list:
Life Science
Life Science: Brain and Behavior
Intro to College Chemistry
Chemistry & Society
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Science of Light and Color
Energy, the Environment & Man
Introduction to Psychology
Voice Science
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
Total Credits30-33

College Reading required only of those students scoring 470 or lower on the reading comprehension portion of the SAT.


Students who place at the 101-level or above are still expected to take a minimum of three (3) credits at the level of placement. Students who are native speakers of languages not offered at Rider University may have the Foreign Language requirement waived upon documentation of proficiency.  This documentation could be in the form of a transcript on letterhead sent by the accreditated institution abroad, or fee-based proficiency tests.  To initiate a request for a waiver, students should see the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


MTH 100 may be required based upon ACT/SAT scores.