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Associate of Science Degree
Theatre Arts

To acquire the Associate of Science Degree in Theatre Arts, 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 General 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 for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. 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. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (RHC GE 7a)M3.0
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students seeking an overview of the entire field of theatre. The practice and theory of the following are explored: costume, set and lighting design, acting, directing, playwriting, criticism, play structure, theatre architecture, and producing. The instructor includes a brief historical overview and organizes at least one field trip to a professional theatre production.

THTR 110 - Principles of Acting IM3.0
THTR 110 - Principles of Acting I (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students who are interested in acting in the areas of theatre, film, and television, whether as a profession or as a hobby. The class explores the theory, practice, and techniques of acting. Emphasis is placed on theatre games and exercises culminating in the presentation of scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.

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 composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students 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 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

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.

Total Semester Units:13.5 
2nd Semester
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and FilmM3.0
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course is designed for the student who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology. The student will study the aesthetics and practical application principles of stage scenic, sound and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production.

THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and PerformanceM3.0
THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and Performance (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; THTR 110
Limitations: Acting Students must audition and Technical Students must interview prior to participating in the course
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who wants to participate in a stage production that is part of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) competition. Students' performances will be evaluated by judges representing ACTF during public performances at Rio Hondo, and some will be chosen to compete at the regional and national festivals in the areas of acting, writing, stage managing, directing, and stage design. Students are provided an opportunity to be part of a theatre company in the organization of full-length and/or one-act plays under the guidance of a faculty director. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Select one: MATH 150 / FIN 101 (RHC GE 2)GE3.0
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 060, MATH 062, MATH 070, MATH 073, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

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

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Summer 1
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

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
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting IIM3.0
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to continue to explore theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting, and to develop their skills past the beginner level. Emphasis will be placed on deepening an understanding of the acting process through exercises, character analysis, monologues, and scenes.

THTR 230 - Principles of DirectingM3.0
THTR 230 - Principles of Directing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Advisory: ENLL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to develop their ability to work with actors, interpret drama, and stage plays. It will cover the history and the techniques of the stage director. Emphasis is placed on class activities such as exercises in staging techniques and directing short scenes. Career opportunities, stage management and assistant directing are also covered. This course is a requirement for the Theatre Arts AS Degree.

Select one: THTR 105 / THTR 105H M3.0
THTR 105 - The History and Development of the Theatre (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: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films.

THTR 105H - The History and Development of the Theatre Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors program.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

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

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

ElectiveEL3.0

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

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing IIM3.0
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 230
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student majoring in Theatre Arts. The class is a continuation of Theatre Arts 230. Techniques in casting, rehearsing, picturization, characterization, tempo and climax in play direction are covered. Students will direct a 10-minute play with other students.

THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and FilmM3.0
THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and Film (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand the skills and concepts acquired in Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV, and Film (THTR 150). Topics such as the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology are revisited and expanded upon. The student will additionally do extensive study of the aesthetics and practical application principles of set design, sound design, and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew duty such as light board operator, sound operator or stage crew lead with added responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production. .

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

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† 
Total Units for Theatre Arts AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (CSU GE C1)M3.0
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students seeking an overview of the entire field of theatre. The practice and theory of the following are explored: costume, set and lighting design, acting, directing, playwriting, criticism, play structure, theatre architecture, and producing. The instructor includes a brief historical overview and organizes at least one field trip to a professional theatre production.

THTR 110 - Principles of Acting IM3.0
THTR 110 - Principles of Acting I (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students who are interested in acting in the areas of theatre, film, and television, whether as a profession or as a hobby. The class explores the theory, practice, and techniques of acting. Emphasis is placed on theatre games and exercises culminating in the presentation of scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.

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 composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students 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.

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (CSU GE D)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

CSU ElectiveEL3.0

Select a course that transfers to CSU. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.5 
2nd Semester
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and FilmM3.0
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course is designed for the student who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology. The student will study the aesthetics and practical application principles of stage scenic, sound and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production.

THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and PerformanceM3.0
THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and Performance (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; THTR 110
Limitations: Acting Students must audition and Technical Students must interview prior to participating in the course
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who wants to participate in a stage production that is part of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) competition. Students' performances will be evaluated by judges representing ACTF during public performances at Rio Hondo, and some will be chosen to compete at the regional and national festivals in the areas of acting, writing, stage managing, directing, and stage design. Students are provided an opportunity to be part of a theatre company in the organization of full-length and/or one-act plays under the guidance of a faculty director. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

THTR 159 - Stage Crew Activity *M1.0
Notes:
*Additional major requirement.

THTR 159 - Stage Crew Activity (1.0 units)

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

This course is for students who want to gain practical, hands-on, technical experience working backstage. Students will gain experience working as part of a stage crew supporting public performances of theatrical, musical, or dance productions. This course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

THTR 164 - Theatre Production Lab I *M1.0
Notes:
*Additional major requirement.

THTR 164 - Theatre Production Lab I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This class is intended for students interested in exploring a career in entertainment production. The course provides a hands-on introduction to all aspects of entertainment production, including scenery, lighting, audio, costumes and properties. The student will learn the fundamentals of constructing, painting and rigging scenery, hanging and focusing lighting equipment, setting up audio systems and/or building costumes or props for the performing arts programs at Rio Hondo College.

Select one: MATH 150 / FIN 101 (CSU GE B4)GE3.0
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

CSU GE D - Social SciencesGE3.0

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
A total of 9 units required in Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2 different disciplines. 

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125; CD 106, 208
CHST 101, 146, 148, 150
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135
GEOG 102, 103
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H,130
MSCM 128
PHIL 128, 128H, 135
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135, 140, 150
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 180, 200
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148
SPCH 150

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Summer 1
CSU GE B1 - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

CSU GE B3 - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in CSU B1 or B2.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'

Total Semester Units:4.0† 
3rd Semester
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting IIM3.0
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to continue to explore theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting, and to develop their skills past the beginner level. Emphasis will be placed on deepening an understanding of the acting process through exercises, character analysis, monologues, and scenes.

THTR 230 - Principles of DirectingM3.0
THTR 230 - Principles of Directing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Advisory: ENLL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to develop their ability to work with actors, interpret drama, and stage plays. It will cover the history and the techniques of the stage director. Emphasis is placed on class activities such as exercises in staging techniques and directing short scenes. Career opportunities, stage management and assistant directing are also covered. This course is a requirement for the Theatre Arts AS Degree.

Select one: THTR 105 / THTR 105H (CSU GE C1 or C2)M3.0
THTR 105 - The History and Development of the Theatre (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: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films.

THTR 105H - The History and Development of the Theatre Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors program.

CSU GE E - Lifelong Learning/Self DevelopmentGE3.0

Select one:
ANTH 110
HUSR 123
CD 106
KIN 191, 192, 196
COUN 101 (F’11), 104, 151 (F’98)
NUTR 110
DD 214 (see counselor for details)
PSY 112, 121
EDEV 101 (F’15), 151
SOC 105, 110

CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

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

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing IIM3.0
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 230
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student majoring in Theatre Arts. The class is a continuation of Theatre Arts 230. Techniques in casting, rehearsing, picturization, characterization, tempo and climax in play direction are covered. Students will direct a 10-minute play with other students.

THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and FilmM3.0
THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and Film (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand the skills and concepts acquired in Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV, and Film (THTR 150). Topics such as the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology are revisited and expanded upon. The student will additionally do extensive study of the aesthetics and practical application principles of set design, sound design, and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew duty such as light board operator, sound operator or stage crew lead with added responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production. .

CSU GE A1 - Oral CommunicationGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one: SPCH 100 ,101, 101H,140

CSU GE B2 - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100*; PSY 210, 210H
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100; PSY 210, 210H

US HISTORY (CSU GE D)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

CSU GE C2 - HumanitiesGE3.0†

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

Select one:  
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 146
ENGL 126
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140
JAPN 101, 102
LATN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H,144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

Total Semester Units:18.0† 
Total Units for Theatre Arts AS program (Transfer to CSU)66.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (IGETC 3A)M3.0
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students seeking an overview of the entire field of theatre. The practice and theory of the following are explored: costume, set and lighting design, acting, directing, playwriting, criticism, play structure, theatre architecture, and producing. The instructor includes a brief historical overview and organizes at least one field trip to a professional theatre production.

THTR 110 - Principles of Acting IM3.0
THTR 110 - Principles of Acting I (3.0 units)

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

This course is for students who are interested in acting in the areas of theatre, film, and television, whether as a profession or as a hobby. The class explores the theory, practice, and techniques of acting. Emphasis is placed on theatre games and exercises culminating in the presentation of scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.

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 composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students 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.

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (IGETC 4)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

UC ElectiveEL3.0

Select a course that transfers to UC. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.5 
2nd Semester
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and FilmM3.0
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course is designed for the student who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology. The student will study the aesthetics and practical application principles of stage scenic, sound and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production.

THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and PerformanceM3.0
THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and Performance (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; THTR 110
Limitations: Acting Students must audition and Technical Students must interview prior to participating in the course
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who wants to participate in a stage production that is part of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) competition. Students' performances will be evaluated by judges representing ACTF during public performances at Rio Hondo, and some will be chosen to compete at the regional and national festivals in the areas of acting, writing, stage managing, directing, and stage design. Students are provided an opportunity to be part of a theatre company in the organization of full-length and/or one-act plays under the guidance of a faculty director. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

THTR 159 - Stage Crew Activity *M1.0
Notes:
*Additional major requirement

THTR 159 - Stage Crew Activity (1.0 units)

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

This course is for students who want to gain practical, hands-on, technical experience working backstage. Students will gain experience working as part of a stage crew supporting public performances of theatrical, musical, or dance productions. This course may be taken once and repeated three times for credit.

THTR 164 - Theatre Production Lab I *M1.0
Notes:
*Additional major requirement.

THTR 164 - Theatre Production Lab I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This class is intended for students interested in exploring a career in entertainment production. The course provides a hands-on introduction to all aspects of entertainment production, including scenery, lighting, audio, costumes and properties. The student will learn the fundamentals of constructing, painting and rigging scenery, hanging and focusing lighting equipment, setting up audio systems and/or building costumes or props for the performing arts programs at Rio Hondo College.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (IGETC 2A)GE3.0
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  MATH 130/H, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 180, MATH190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

IGETC 4 - Social and Behavioral SciencesGE3.0

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
A total of 9 units required in Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2 different disciplines.

 Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 125
CD 106, 208
CHST 101, 146, 148, 150
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135
GEOG 102, 103
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158,159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130
MSCM 128
PHIL 128, 128H, 135
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130,135, 140, 150
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 200
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148
SPCH 150

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Summer 1
IGETC 5A - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150, 151*
CHEM 110*, 120*, 130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

IGETC 5C - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in IGETC 5A or 5B.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*':
ANTH 101L*;
ASTR 112*;
BIOL 101*, 105L*, 111L*, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 226*;
CHEM 110*, 120*, 130*, 140*, 230*, 231*;
GEOG 101L*;
GEOL 151*;
PHY 120*,150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

Total Semester Units:4.0† 
3rd Semester
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting IIM3.0
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to continue to explore theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting, and to develop their skills past the beginner level. Emphasis will be placed on deepening an understanding of the acting process through exercises, character analysis, monologues, and scenes.

THTR 230 - Principles of DirectingM3.0
THTR 230 - Principles of Directing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Advisory: ENLL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to develop their ability to work with actors, interpret drama, and stage plays. It will cover the history and the techniques of the stage director. Emphasis is placed on class activities such as exercises in staging techniques and directing short scenes. Career opportunities, stage management and assistant directing are also covered. This course is a requirement for the Theatre Arts AS Degree.

Select one: THTR 105 / THTR 105H (IGETC 3A or 3B)M3.0
THTR 105 - The History and Development of the Theatre (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: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films.

THTR 105H - The History and Development of the Theatre Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors program.

IGETC 1B - Critical Thinking and CompositionGE3.0†

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

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H
PHIL 110, 110H

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
4th Semester
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing IIM3.0
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 230
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student majoring in Theatre Arts. The class is a continuation of Theatre Arts 230. Techniques in casting, rehearsing, picturization, characterization, tempo and climax in play direction are covered. Students will direct a 10-minute play with other students.

THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and FilmM3.0
THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and Film (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand the skills and concepts acquired in Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV, and Film (THTR 150). Topics such as the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology are revisited and expanded upon. The student will additionally do extensive study of the aesthetics and practical application principles of set design, sound design, and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew duty such as light board operator, sound operator or stage crew lead with added responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production. .

IGETC 5B - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*':

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*; BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 226*;
PSY 210, 210H.

IGETC 3B - HumanitiesGE3.0†

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

Select one:
ASL 124, 201
CHIN 102
CHST 146
ENGL126
FR 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140
JAPN 102
LATN 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A,146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H; SPAN 102, 201, 201H, 202

US HISTORY (IGETC 4)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 2
IGETC 6 - Foreign Language (UC ONLY)GE4.5

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
Courses in this area that also appear in IGETC 3B Humanities may be counted toward both areas.

Proficiency equivalent to two years of high school study in the same language or select one:
ASL 101, 102, 201;
CHIN 101, 102;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
There are additional ways to satisfy the Language Other than English Requirement. Please see a counselor for advisement.

IGETC 1C - Oral Communication (CSU Only)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140

Total Semester Units:7.5 
Total Units for Theatre Arts AS program (Transfer to UC/CSU)68.0† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Some classes may have higher units
M Major 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

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Program Learning Outcomes

1

All Theatre Arts majors will identify basic theatre vocabulary and terminology (for example, stage directions and theatre genres).


2

Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic backstage practices and procedures.


3

Students will memorize and perform a live scene successfully.


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