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Associate of Science Degree
Mass Communications/Mass Media

To acquire the Associate of Science Degree in Mass Communications: Mass Media, students must complete the required major courses below with a grade of “C” or better along with one of the following: Rio Hondo College General Education and Proficiency requirements, California State University Gen- eral Education Breadth (CSU GE), or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
JOUR 110 - Digital Photojournalism IM3.0
JOUR 110 - Digital Photojournalism I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an introduction the process of taking photographs using digital cameras, digital video cameras, and digital printing devices. Photocomposition, printing and scanning techniques using Photoshop for the use of publication, and other computer skills related to contemporary photojournalism will also be addressed. Assignments may include work for college publications. This class is recommended for students majoring in journalism or photography. Lab hours are required in addition to scheduled lecture hours.

ART 115 - The Art of Film (RHC GE 7a)M3.0
ART 115 - The Art of Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course explores film as an art form, its basic components, and its relation to the styles and movements of other visual arts forms. An understanding of cinematic language is emphasized by focusing upon film's manipulation of time and space, its use of visual metaphors, montages, and explicit/implicit messages. The collaborative nature of filmmaking is studied by examining the role of cinematography, lighting, film editing, visual effects, art direction, and the use of sound and music to enhance the script and create style. Through discussion and written assignments, students develop the ability to analyze the impact of films viewed both in and out of class. This course is appropriate for any student interested in film, art, media studies, or culture.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.5† 
2nd Semester
Select one: LIT 147 / LIT 147H (RHC GE 7b)M3.0
LIT 147 - Cinema as Literature (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in learning about the aesthetics of filmmaking, especially with regard to adaptation of literature to the cinematic medium. Films will be analyzed and evaluated according to their historical, social, cultural, aesthetic, and technical significance. Both American and international filmmaking will be covered.

LIT 147H - Cinema as Literature Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students interested in learning about the aesthetics of filmmaking, especially with regard to adaptation of literature to the cinematic medium. Films will be analyzed and evaluated according to their historical, social, cultural, aesthetic, and technical significance. Both American and international filmmaking will be covered. This course is designed for students eligible for the honors program.

RDIO 104 - Radio BroadcastingM3.0
RDIO 104 - Radio Broadcasting (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the field of broadcasting and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on the history, development, and current status of broadcasting and related industries. Students will explore the broadcasting industry and develop "on-air" skills for a variety of radio formats. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of regulations, organizational structure, revenue sources, historical development, and the ongoing operation of broadcasting and related industries.

MSCM 128 - Mass Media in Modern Society (RHC GE 6)M3.0
MSCM 128 - Mass Media in Modern Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MSCM 103 or MSCM 128)

This course in mass media surveys the history, format, laws, and significant contributors in American mass communications. Through projects and readings, students research and discuss such issues as free press, fair trial, foreign communications systems, and the relationship between free media and a democratic society.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:13.0 
Summer 1
MSCM 134 - Documentary FilmM3.0
MSCM 134 - Documentary Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course serves as an introduction to documentary film. It provides an overview of key historical and critical concepts regarding film, including vocabulary for storyboard and scene analysis. Students analyze films in relation to mise-en-scene, editing, sound, narrative, cinematography, screenplay, and meaning.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
3rd Semester
MSCM 103 - Survey of Motion Picture, Radio, and TelevisionM3.0
MSCM 103 - Survey of Motion Picture, Radio, and Television (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MSCM 103 or MSCM 128)

This course provides an overview of the history, theory, and aesthetic principles of radio, television, and motion pictures, and examines their social impacts and effects on society. The changing nature of consumer information is explored, along with the evolution of these three mediums in the traditional and non-traditional aspects of listening, writing, and viewing. The social, political, regulatory, ethical, and occupational impacts of the electronic media are also studied.

TV 135 - Digital Filmmaking I: IntroductionM3.0
TV 135 - Digital Filmmaking I: Introduction (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is an introductory course in film production techniques for narrative, documentary, and music video, and may be of interest to students interested in both film and television production. Topics include creating a story treatment, screenwriting, storyboarding, camera operation, lighting, introductory production sound, and non-linear editing. Students work in teams and crew all positions, including writer, producer, director, assistant director, cinematographer, boom operator, and editor. Emphasis is placed on defining the content, structure, and style of the production. Students implement these skills with projects in documentary, music video, and narrative filmmaking traditions.

JOUR 120 - Communications Reporting and WritingM3.0
JOUR 120 - Communications Reporting and Writing (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course is an introduction to the writing and editing techniques used in the newspaper industry, with an emphasis on gathering information and the principles of clarity and conciseness. Students will use computers during class and lab times. This course is intended for students who are pursuing the Associate of Science Degree/Certificate of Achievement in Mass Communications with either Mass Media or Print Media Specializations.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

Total Semester Units:13.0 
4th Semester
JOUR 147 - Broadcast NewsM3.0
JOUR 147 - Broadcast News (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is for students interested in broadcasting for television. Students learn the principles and techniques of broadcast news with special reference to the gathering and writing of news for television, script writing, and interviewing; and the procedures and techniques of presenting the news for broadcast. This course covers law and ethics; producing news packages; live-to-tape packages; and live shots including SOT/VO, producing, and directing. Students will have the opportunity to produce the “Rio News” weekly segments for the El Paisano digital newspaper.

JOUR 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Journalism Related FieldsM1.0
JOUR 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Journalism Related Fields (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: JOUR 120, JOUR 241, ENGL 101 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in journalism related fields under supervision of a college instructor and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in an area of journalism related fields and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose intended job is related to the field of journalism and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. "Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures".

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours; 4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
Total Units for Mass Communications/Mass Media AS program 61.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will identify the evolution of Mass Media in books, magazines, television, newspapers, radio, motion pictures, the internet, blogs, twitter, cell phones, and computer use in the world today.


2

Students will write a news story that demonstrates effective interviewing and note-taking techniques.


3

Students will take press photos, print the photos, and prepare the composition of the photos for publication.


4

Students will write a news story of a particular length that can be produced on the air for an allotted time slot.


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