Civic Engagement and Community Leadership

The Civic Engagement and Community Leadership Track at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Civic Engagement and Community Leadership Track offers a student the opportunity to explore their social responsibility while completing a core curriculum used for transfer. Students will gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines including math, science, the humanities and the social sciences.  The Liberal Arts and Sciences includes the MassTransfer Block.

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Civic Engagement and Community Leadership Track (LACE)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Both civic knowledge and civic engagement are necessary to democracy. The Civic Engagement and Community Leadership track embodies this relationship; the material learned within a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum is applied to current social, political, and economic issues.  Students acquire the skills, wisdom, and knowledge needed to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and the world. In addition, this program meets the requirements for the MassTransfer block agreement; which makes it a good fit for students planning to transfer to a four-year college. The subject matter of this concentration is relevant to most four year degree programs, including: economics, regional planning, business, philosophy, environmental science, history, political science, or government.

Year 1
PHL 250Ethics 3
SSC 120Perspectives On Leadership 3
MAT 143Statistics 4
ENG 101College Writing I 3
LAW 101Introduction To Law (Formerly PLS 101) 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
PHL 210Levels Of Being 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
Lab Science Elective 1 4
Year 2
ECO 101Macroeconomics 3
HIS 121History Of The Constitution 3
Lab Science Elective 1 4
Behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
BUS 220The Business Of Social Change 3
PHL 110Logic 3
ENG 290LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research 3
CIS Elective 3 3
General Elective 4 3-4
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
 Total Credits: 63-64

Lab Science Electives: 4 credit course in ASQ, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, or PHY


Behavioral Social Sciences Electives:  ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC


CIS Electives:  CIS 109 or higher


General Electives:  See General Electives Exceptions

Literature Electives 

ENG 201Honors English3
ENG 203Twentieth Century American Authors3
ENG 205Shakespeare3
ENG 210Literature Of The Sixties3
ENG 213American Literature I3
ENG 214American Literature II3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 224Mystery Fiction3
ENG 227English Literature I3
ENG 228English Literature II3
ENG 233Science Fiction3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 252Shakespeare and Star Wars: A Study of Tragedy through Drama and Film3
ENG 259Literary Masterpieces I3
ENG 260Literary Masterpieces II3
ENG 261The Short Story3

See Civic Engagement and Community Leadership program competencies and technical standards

Transfer options

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Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or a University of Massachusetts campus may be eligible to transfer under the MassTransfer agreement which provides transfer advantages to those who qualify.

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Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options/Earning potential

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Program Competencies for LACE

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines—math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences—and gather, assess, and interpret information to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Capstone Course for LACE

ENG 290 LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research is the required capstone course for some Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing ENG 102 College Writing II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards1 for LACE


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.