Core Requirements

The College of Continuing Studies core requirements consist of two major areas: Basic Core and the Areas of Knowledge. CCS students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration should refer to the College of Business Administration's core requirements.

The Basic Core

Expository Writing
Research Writing
Speech Communication 1
Quantitative Skills 2
Information Technology 3
Total Credits9 - 15

Speech communication is not a core requirement in the Organizational Psychology (B.A.) and Public Relations (B.A.) degree programs.


The quantitative skills requirement can be met by successfully completing one course in college-level mathematics or statistics. For students who don't transfer such a course to Rider, popular offerings include MTH 102 Finite MathematicsMSD 104 Intro to Quantitative MethodsMSD 105 Quantitative Methods for BusinessMSD 200 Statistical Methods IMSD 201 Statistical Methods II, POL 230 Methods of Political Analysis PSY 105 Introduction to Research in Psychology, PSY 201 Statistics and Research Design, and other math courses approved by an advisor.  Quantitative skills is not a core requirement in the Psychology (B.A.), Psychology Online (B.A.) or Organizational Psychology (B.A.) degree program. 


The information technology requirement may be fulfilled by completing CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials. Students who possess sufficient computer experience can gain credit for CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials through assessment.

The Areas of Knowledge

The areas of knowledge provide exposure to four broad areas of knowledge, and students select two or three courses from each of the four areas. At least two disciplines must be represented in each area. No more than three courses from any one discipline may be used to meet the areas of knowledge requirement. Students are urged to consult with their advisors before selecting courses for the areas of knowledge to ensure that courses chosen meet the requirements

Historical Perspective9
See Historical Perspective course requirements
Artistic and Intellectual Perspective9
See Artistic and Intellectual Perspective course requirements
Contemporary Perspective9
See Contemporary Perspective course requirements
Natural World6-8
See Natural World course requirements
Total Credits33-35