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Speech/Theatre, Associate in Arts

Curriculum VPA.THE.AA (U224A22)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

The Speech/Theatre curriculum outlined here, is well-suited for students interested in theatre as an artistic form of human communication. Students will explore aesthetic and practical aspects of the theatre process. These courses are especially appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing careers in such aspects of theatre as acting, directing, producing, stagecraft, scenic design, stage management and education.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Speech/Theatre) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • analyze a play within the aspects of literature and theatrical performance;
  • define basic theatre terminology;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of specific oral communication transactions; and
  • identify theater’s place within social, cultural, and artistic contexts currently and throughout history.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

 

SPE 130Introduction to Theatre

3 credits

OR

SPE 161Acting I

3 credits

 

General education/Physical Science

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 110Looking at Art

3 credits

 

MAT 101Quantitative Literacy #

3 credits

OR

MAT 102Liberal Arts Mathematics #

3 credits

 

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

SPE 130Introduction to Theatre

3 credits

SPE 135Stagecraft #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
LIT 101Introduction to Poetry #

3 credits

SPE 141Introduction to Performance Studies

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

General education/Life Science

3-4 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 114Survey of Asian Art

3 credits

MCM 151Cinema Appreciation

3 credits

SPE 296Special Topics in Speech and Theatre

1 - 4 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:10-13

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

General education requirements:

AA degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:37-40

Speech/Theatre courses or other electives for AA degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:20-23

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements:

AA degree                                     Subtotal: 37-40

Speech/Theatre courses or other
electives toward the AA degree    Subtotal: 20-23

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS BY DISCIPLINE:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester hours), with at least one course from selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Three courses (nine semester hours), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: One course (three semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Two courses (seven to eight semester hours), with one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See SPE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Dennis McNamara, Ext. 3597