Areas of Concentration

For the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, select one of the following concentration areas:

For the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Online, students may choose one of the following concentration areas:

For assistance with concentration requirements please contact:

Terri Marriott
Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Success
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lynch Adler Hall, Rm. 115
609-895-5454
marriott@rider.edu


Applied Social Science

(36 credits)

Communication3
Any COM Course
Law and Justice12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to Forensics
Criminal Investigation
Trial Advocacy
Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Cyberspace Law and Policy
Sports and the Law
Selected Topics in Law/Justice 1
Political Science12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to American Politics
Understanding Politics
NJ Government and Politics
Public Opinion
Methods of Political Analysis
Politics of Law and Order
Political Campaigning
Public Administration
Power in American Politics
Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
Urban Politics
Psychology3
Any PSY course except PSY 335 or PSY 336
Sociology3
Any SOC Course
Social Work3
Any SOW course
Total Credits36

Applied Social Science Concentration with Business Studies Emphasis

In addition to the required courses below, students must complete 18 credits within the Applied Social Science Concentration or elsewhere in the program, unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Accounting
Fund Management & Org Behavior
Marketing Principles
Introduction to Finance

Additional business electives may be taken in the following disciplines: Accounting, Business Policy and Environment, Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Management and Leadership, or Marketing.  Credits outside the Liberal Arts or Sciences may not exceed 30.  


Applied Social Science Concentration with Health Administration Emphasis

Required Course:
Introduction to Health Care
Category I
Select two of the following:
The Pharmaceutical Industry 1
Health Care Law, Ethics and Policy
Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy
Economics of Health Care System
Economics of Health Care Sys
Health Care Marketing 1
Category II
Select three of the following:
The Pharmaceutical Industry 1
Nature's Business
Economics of the Public Sector
Global Perspectives on Health and Illness
Population Health Care Management
Health Care Law, Ethics and Policy 1
Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy
Economics of Health Care System 1
Economics of Health Care Sys
Health Management Internship
Intro to Human Resource Mgmt
Health Care Marketing
Medical Ethics
The Science of Mental Illness
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology
Psychology of the Family
Drugs and Human Behavior
Aging, Brain, and Cognition
Death, Dying and Suicide
Families
Health Care and Society
Aging and the Elderly
Social Policy
Social Services & Social Work


Global Studies

(36 credits)

A. General Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Understanding Global Relations
The Social Construction of Global Society
Politics of the Global Economy
Foreign Language and Culture
Foreign Language: any 6 credits6
Cultural Perspective6
Select at least 6 credits from the following:
Chinese Culture and Civilization
French Culture
Asian Philosophy
Spanish Culture & Civilization
Latin American Cultures
B. Elective Courses
Select seven courses from the following areas:21
Global and Multinational Studies
Public Opinion
Public Opinion
Global Politics
Global Politics
Terrorism, Revolutions, and Political Violence
American Political Film
American Political Film
Political Communication
Political Communication
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of the Middle East
Global Issues
Global Issues
Global Perspectives on Health and Illness
Third World Politics
Third World Politics
International Communication
International Communication
History
Italy Middle Ages to Present
History of Ireland
Modern Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Caribbean History
Modern East Asia
African History
History of Modern Japan
20th-Century Europe
Modern European Intellectual History
China in Revolution
Women in East Asia
Literature
Major British Authors
20th-Century British Literature
Masterworks of Western Literature I
Masterworks of Western Literature II
European Short Novel
Socio-political
International Communication
International Communication
Public Opinion
Public Opinion
Global Politics
Global Politics
American Political Film
American Political Film
Political Communication
Political Communication
Global Issues
Global Issues
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of the Middle East
Third World Politics
Third World Politics
Developing Societies
Global Business
International Business Law
Internatl Trade and Investment
Comparative Economic Systems
International Finance
International Management
International Marketing
Global Travel Opportunities
International Business Tour
Global Encounters
The Arts Abroad
The Arts Abroad
Other travel courses as approved.
Total Credits36


Humanities

(36 credits)

Complete courses as indicated below:
American Studies6
Select two of the following:
American Myth in Literature, Landscape, and Music
Special Topics in American Studies
Alfred Hitchcock in America
American Folklore
The New South in Literature, Music and Film
Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Studies in American Jewish Culture
American Popular Culture
American Identity in the Arts
American Photography
Seminar in American Studies I
Seminar in American Studies II
Communication3
Photography
English Literature and Writing3
Any ENG or LIT course
Fine Arts3
Any ART, DAN, MUS or THE course
Foreign Languages and Literatures3
Any LIT, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, or SPA course
Gender and Sexuality Studies3
Select one of the following:
Feminist Literary Criticism
Gender, War and Peace
Gender and Ethics
Global and Multinational Studies3
Select one of the following:
American Political Film
American Political Film
World Music
Global Music
Ethnographic Film
Law and Justice3
Select one of the following:
Selected Topics in Law/Justice 1
Law, Literature, and Film in America
Crime & Justice in the Media
Multicultural Studies3
Issues in Multicultural Studies 1
Philosophy3
Any PHL course
Political Science3
American Political Film
Total Credits36


Law and Justice

At least 18 credits overall must be upper level. Additional courses may be needed as prerequisites for courses in the concentration. Additional courses may be used to fulfill other requirements in the degree program.

(36 credits)

A. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Law, Legal Issues and Institutions18
Select at least six courses from the following disciplines. A minimum of three disciplines must be represented.
Business Policy
Intro to Law: Contracts
Commercial Law
Advanced Business Law
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy
Selected Topics Business Policy
Communication
Communication Law
Health Administration
Health Care Law, Ethics and Policy
History
Constitutional History of U.S.
Human Resource Management
Legal Aspects of Human Res Mgt
Law and Justice Interdisciplinary Courses
Intro Seminar in Law & Justice
Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Cyberspace Law and Policy
Sports and the Law
Selected Topics in Law/Justice
Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression
Honors Thesis in Law & Justice
Introduction to Forensics
Law, Literature, and Film in America
Criminal Investigation
Crime & Justice in the Media
Women and Law
Hate Crimes in the United States
The Rights of the Accused
Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Political Science
Politics of Law and Order
U.S. Constitutional Law
Civil Liberties in the U.S.
Courts, Judges and Politics
Psychology
Psychology and Law
Sociology
Introduction to Criminal Justice: Police, Courts, Corrections
Youth and Crime
Drugs, Crime &American Society
Gender and Criminal Justice
Law and Lawyers
White Collar & Corporate Crime
Punishment and Corrections
Police and American Society
Policing and Counter Terrorism
Race and Crime
B. Law-related Courses12
Select four courses from the following disciplines. At least two disciplines must be represented.
Students may select two additional courses from Category A (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Law, Legal Issues, and Institutions) instead of Category B (Law-related Courses).
Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Communication Ethics
Argumentation and Advocacy
Management and Human Resources
Intro to Labor Relations
Philosophy
Ethics
Social Philosophy
Business Ethics
Medical Ethics
Contemporary Ethics
Political Science
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
Public Administration
Power in American Politics
Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
Urban Politics
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology
Families
Deviance and Crime
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Cities And Suburbs
Power and Politics
Social Policy
C. Theory/Application3
Select one of the following:
Trial Advocacy
Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Internship in Law and Justice (recommended)
Criminal Justice Practice
D. Law and Justice Senior Courses3
Select one of the following:
Law & Justice Senior Seminar
Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression
Honors Thesis in Law & Justice
Total Credits36


Natural Science

Natural Science (12 courses)36
Includes courses in the following disciplines: Biochemistry (BCH), Biology (BIO), Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS), Chemistry (CHE), Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences (GEO, ENV, MAR), Physics (PHY), Psychology (PSY)
The Science of Mental Illness
Sensation and Perception
Biopsychology
Developmental Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research Methods: Human Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Methods: Animal Learning & Behavior
Health Psychology
Drugs and Human Behavior
Aging, Brain, and Cognition
Death, Dying and Suicide


Natural Science Concentration with Health Administration Emphasis

Complete 18 credits within the Natural Science concentration or elsewhere in the program, unless otherwise noted.18
Required Course:
HTH 205Introduction to Health Care3
Category I
Select two of the following:6
The Pharmaceutical Industry 1
Health Care Law, Ethics and Policy 1
Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy
Economics of Health Care System 1
Economics of Health Care Sys
Health Care Marketing 1
Category II
Select three of the following:9
Life Science
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I Lab
The Pharmaceutical Industry 1
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
Life Science: Brain and Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
Chemistry & Society
Global Perspectives on Health and Illness
Population Health Care Management
Health Management Internship
Medical Ethics
The Science of Mental Illness
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology
Drugs and Human Behavior
Psychology of the Family
Aging, Brain, and Cognition
Death, Dying and Suicide
Total Credits36


Social Science 

American Studies6
Select three of the following:
American Memoir and Autobiography
Sports in American Life
Multicultural America
Special Topics in American Studies 1
America and the Future
Technology and Science in America
Religion in America
Radicalism in 20th-Century America
Social Impact of Rock and Roll
Communication6
Select two of the following:
Communication, Culture and Media
Communication Theory
Theories of Persuasion
Communication Law
Communication Ethics
Gender and Communication
Communication and Society
Communication Criticism
International Communication
Economics3
Any ECO course
Gender and Sexuality Studies3
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Gender Studies
Introduction to Women's Studies
Gender, War and Peace
Gender and Communication
Leadership and Community
Seminar in Transcultural Gender and Sexuality
History3
Any HIS course
Law and Justice3
Select one of the following:
Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Selected Topics in Law/Justice
Criminal Investigation
Women and Law
Hate Crimes in the United States
The Rights of the Accused
Multicultural Studies3
Any MCS course
Political Science3
Any POL course
Psychology3
Any PSY course except PSY 335 or PSY 336
Sociology3
Any SOC course
Total Credits36