The academic programs at Rio Hondo College are spread across nine divisions. Detailed information about each of these divisions and the programs they support can be obtained by following the links below.
The purpose of the programs in the Arts and Cultural Division at Rio Hondo College is for students to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and to prepare students for upper division study at a four-year college, university, or art institution. Secondary objectives include portfolio preparation for vocational training programs and, eventually, the opportunity to obtain a vocation. The Continuing Education Department is committed to providing the extended community with accessible life long learning opportunities within the fine and performing arts.
Arts and Cultural Programs is made up of two departments: Visual Arts and Performing Arts. The Visual Arts programs include: ceramics, photography, art history, painting, drawing, 2-D and 3-D design, digital animation, and graphic design. The Performing Arts Department encompass the music and theater arts programs. A technical arts/digital media department is also being developed and will overlap both areas and include computer animation, electronic music, graphic design, video and film, digital photography, and theater technology.
Link to: Arts and Cultural Programs
Social Science courses deal with social and cultural aspects of human behavior. These courses examine relationships between individuals and society, as well as relationships between people. Humanities and Philosophy courses, for example, explore the values that make us human. Behavioral and Social Sciences courses help you better understand and successfully interact with the multiple and diverse communities of which you are a part. The faculty and staff are here to help prepare you to transfer and continue your education at a four-year college or university or obtain a certificate to help you launch a career or advance in the workplace.
Link to: Behavioral and Social Sciences Division
The Rio Hondo College Business Division serves its students by:
- Providing accessible, quality learning opportunities in the theories, practices, tools, skills, and technologies of business and industry.
- Providing lifelong learning opportunities to the community through continuing education.
- Strengthening the competitiveness of local businesses through contract education.
Rio Hondo has significantly increased the number of courses offered by the Management program in the last four years. The Division currently offers eleven classes, thus providing a broader base and satisfying a more diverse range of interests in the community and student population. Five different courses are offered online. The Division has also begun offering hybrid versions of its management courses—all in response to the growing number of distance learners seeking to expand their educational options.
Link to: Business Division
Link to: Continuing & Contract Education
Career and Technical Education provides industry linked programs and services that enable students to reach their career goals in order to achieve economic self sufficiency, compete in a global marketplace, and contribute to California’s economic growth.
The CTE Transitions Program assists secondary and post-secondary CTE students transition effectively from secondary to post-secondary to occupation. This is accomplished through CTE articulation, career days, job fairs and activities that connect students with student support services, business/industry, and/or four year institutions.
Link to: Career and Technical Education
The Division of Communications and Languages seeks to provide students with quality instruction in basic skills, critical thinking, and language, both written and oral. The Division is composed of eight “programs,” six of which are academic departments: English & Literature, English as a New Language, Languages, Mass Communications, Reading & Effective Study Methods, and Speech.
The Division administers two campus-wide educational programs: the Learning Assistance Center (which provides paraprofessional and peer tutoring services for Rio Hondo students in various academic disciplines) and Study Abroad (which promotes cultural awareness and fluency in global citizenship among students and faculty at Rio Hondo College by facilitating opportunities to learn and teach in foreign locations).
The Division offers 111 courses that provide a foundation for students pursuing their transfer and career/technical educational goals. The Division offers approximately 340 class sections during each fall semester and approximately 300 class sections during spring semester. Additional sections are offered during multiple Summer sessions. Courses are delivered primarily in traditional on-campus formats but increasingly in alternative delivery formats that include online, hybrid, lab, short-term, late-start, off-site, internship, directed study, and learning community formats.
Link to: Communication and Languages
The Health Science and Nursing Division strives to meet the needs, aspirations, and goals of the state’s changing student population and health care needs of the community.
The Rio Hondo College Nursing Program provides opportunities for its students to become educated, responsible, and caring community members. Graduates are prepared to take various exams for licensure or certification as either registered nurses (RN), vocational nurses (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA), or Home Health Aide (HHA). The CNA and HHA entry level programs are state certified. The acute CNA, HHA and Acute CNA courses lead to a certificate of completion. All programs assure educational competencies have been met.
Link to: Health Sciences and Nursing
The function of the Kinesiology, Dance, and Athletics Division is to empower all students to sustain regular lifelong physical activity, kinesthetic awareness, and sound dietary choices by providing quality offerings in health education, fitness, dance, and intercollegiate athletics. The Division consists of comprehensive programs in Health Education, Fitness Certification, Dance, Activity and Athletics and serves the College through a variety of mediums. The Division possesses a state of the art fitness center facility. Students who have completed course work at Rio Hondo College in the Physical Education Major have successfully transferred to local universities, continuing their studies in education, physical therapy, athletic training, coaching, fitness industry, and personal training.
The Athletic Program comprehensively develops skill, sportsmanship, and academics in the gifted student-athlete. Highly qualified coaches, staff and, student-athletes are the core to the program. Over 200 student athletes participate in athletics annually, and our student athletes from all sports have successfully transferred to a wide variety of universities throughout the nation to continue their athletic and academic careers. Some have pursued professional careers in baseball and soccer due to their athletic accomplishments.
At Rio Hondo College the Dance Program serves students interested in careers in dance including dance performance, choreography, and the teaching of dance. It also provides classes for students seeking either to expand their personal skills or to fulfill their Physical Education requirement for graduation.
Rio Hondo College dance students have transferred to such notable schools as Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University-Long Beach, and California State University-Los Angeles. The Dance Program has produced dance teachers, professional dancers, and choreographers.
Link to: Kinesiology, Dance, and Athletics
The Mathematics and Sciences Division includes fifteen programs that provide challenging and outstanding educational opportunities in math and science, general education, basic skills, and vocational training. Students taking classes in the Math and Science Division prepare to transfer, receive associate degrees and certificates, develop foundational skills, and receive vocational training. The fifteen programs can be grouped into four categories.
Math and Science Majors
Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, MESA
All of these programs help prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students are often in several of these programs at the same time. The goal is to train students in the modern techniques and methods of science and mathematics.
General Education and Transfer Programs
GE Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Geography, GE Physics & Chemistry, Transfer Math, Pre-Health Science Biology
These programs have the shared outcome of providing educational opportunities to students in areas that are outside their major areas of study. These courses have a common thread of supporting general education degree and transfer requirements. Students taking these courses meet their Science and Science Laboratory requirements.
Basic Skills Math Program and the Math/Science Center
This program focuses on foundational skills in math. It includes all math courses that are below college level. Students are assessed to ensure that they begin in the course at the level of their demonstrated abilities. This program also includes the Math/Science Center, a place where Basic Skills math classes are offered in an independent tutorial mode. It also serves as a tutoring center for any student in math and selected science courses.
This program has vocational training as its main focus. Students are trained in Environmental Health and Safety, Hazardous Materials handling, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Alternate/Efficient Energy Systems, and Land Use Planning/Restoration.
Link to: Mathematics and Sciences
The Public Safety Division is composed of two programs, Administration of Justice and Fire Technology. The Administration of Justice (AJ) Program is further divided into of eight subprograms as illustrated below.
Administration of Justice
- Administration of Justice
- Police Academy
- Forensic Identification
- Advanced Officer Training
- Weapons Range Operations
- Instructional Service Agreements
- Contract Classes
Graduates of AJ courses can transfer credit to other degree or certificate programs in the Public Safety Division such as Administration of Justice, Corrections, or Forensic Identification. Additionally, credit may be transferred or applied to programs in the Departments of Kinesiology, Dance, and Athletics, Health Science, and other departments as an elective.
The Fire Technology program is composed of the subprograms illustrated below.
- Fire Technology
- Wildland Fire
- Fire Academy
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Advanced Officer Training
- Instructional Service Agreements
- Online Program
- Contract Classes
- Program Certification
Fire Technology courses meet or exceed the educational requirement for certification by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. Graduates of Fire Technology courses can transfer credit to other degree or certificate programs in the Department of Public Safety such as Fire Technology, Wildland Fire, and Administration of Justice. Additionally, credit may be transferred or applied to programs in the divisions of Kinesiology, Dance and Athletics, Health Science, and other divisions as an elective.
Link to: Public Safety