History and Political Science Track

The History and Political Science Track at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree 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 History and Political Science Track offers a student the opportunity to explore U. S. and world history 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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History and Political Science Track (LAHP)1

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is for those who want a strong background in history and political science and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in history, political science, or government. With a bachelor’s degree in history or political science, the student may pursue a career in government and politics; teach history or teach political science; pursue a master’s degree in public policy or management; or earn a J.D. to practice law.

1This program satisfies MassTransfer Pathways for History, but does not satisfy all MassTransfer Pathways for Political Science.

Year 1
ENG 101College Writing I 3
HIS 201History of United States I 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
MAT 143Statistics (or higher) 3-4
ENG 102College Writing II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
HIS 202History of United States II 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
Restrictive Elective (see list below)  3
Year 2
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II 3
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
ENG 290LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research 3
POL 211Massachusetts And The Federal System 3
Restrictive Elective (see list below)  3
Humanities Elective 3 3
 Total Credits: 62-63

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


Lab Science Electives: AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY


Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

Restrictive Electives

HIS 123History Of Modern America3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3
HIS 140History Of New England3
HIS 240History Of Ideas3
POL 205American National Government3
POL 210American International Relations3
POL 250Political Thought In America3

Literature Electives

ENG 201Honors English3
ENG 203Twentieth Century American Authors3
ENG 205Shakespeare3
ENG 213American Literature I3
ENG 214American Literature II3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 224Mystery Fiction3
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 History and Political Science program student learning outcomes and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Eligible LAS students should consider entering MWCC’s Honors Program. Honors Program students benefit from a challenging, highly individualized academic experience; a tuition waiver during their final semester; active recruitment by four-year colleges and universities; and the use of the Honors Center. Also, because of the program’s Commonwealth Honors Program status, all MWCC Honors courses are transferable as Honors courses within the Massachusetts public higher education system; and MWCC graduates are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs of these colleges and universities. See the Honors Program for more information.

Technology is integrated into all aspects of attending college in the 21st century. Students are expected to have proficient computer skills and the ability to access the internet via desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Internet access may be from home or through a public site such as a local public library, public college or at any Mount Wachusett Community College campuses.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.


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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for LAHP

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 LAHP

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 101 College Writing I, ENG 102 College Writing II and at least  45 college-level credits.

Technical Standards1 for LAHP


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.
  • Distinguish the movement of meter displays, positions of knobs on equipment, and images through camera lenses and/or small camera screens.
  • Differentiate content, tones, and words in sound recordings.
  • Work as a member of a team.
  • Appropriately use production equipment with or without accommodations.


HIS 105. History Of World Civilization I. 3 Credits.

This course is an introductory survey of the major world civilizations from ancient times to 1600. The course profiles major events in the development of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas up to 1600. Special emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships among these civilizations and on the role of religion in their development. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

HIS 106. History Of World Civilization II. 3 Credits.

This course is an introductory survey of the major world civilizations from 1600 to the present. The course profiles major events in the development of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas since 1600. Special emphasis will be placed on European events and their effects on the other civilizations of the world as well as on the interrelationships of the various civilizations toward each other. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

HIS 113. History Of Contemporary Issues. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on domestic and world events as they occur, interpreted in the light of both historical background and current issues and events. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098 or placement.

HIS 121. History Of The Constitution. 3 Credits.

This course surveys the progress of constitutionalism in American life and its shaping of our society since 1776. Special emphasis will be placed on key Supreme Court decisions that have defined judicial review, free expression, religious freedom, due process, and the individual's right to privacy over the past 200 years. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HIS 123. History Of Modern America. 3 Credits.

Students study the relationship between foreign and domestic events and the evolution of American history from 1945 to the present. Special emphasis isplaced on the legacies of the New Deal, World War II, Vietnam and their influences on the presidents of the last sixty years. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HIS 125. American Ethnic History. 3 Credits.

Students will examine the contributions of various ethnic groups to American society, as well as the problems that these groups encountered in the assimilation process. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HIS 140. History Of New England. 3 Credits.

The political, social, economic, and intellectual history of New England from Colonial times to the present is studied. Special emphasis is placed on New England's development as a distinct cultural region and its impact on American life. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HIS 151. Contemporary American Military History. 3 Credits.

This course is recommended for veterans. This course will review several incidents from post-World War II United States military history to critically analyze particular elements of doctrine, strategy, and the political context driving such actions. Students will also review the socio-political impact certain military actions had on American culture. Students actively participate by applying knowledge from select case studies to assess their historical value regarding resolution of current politico-military problems. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098 (or placement). Spring.

HIS 201. History of United States I. 3 Credits.

This course will focus on United States history with an emphasis on how the country developed from settlements to the society it has today. It will analyze the problems encountered in forming a new republic, westward expansion, and sectional conflicts. The analysis will begin with the pre-Colonial period and continue through the Revolution, the War of 1812, Jacksonian democracy, the rise of political parties, and the social, economic, and political developments that formed the backdrop to the Civil War. The course will also look at how theEuropeans and Africans who came to America developed unique American traditions that blended Old World customs into the New World experience. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

HIS 202. History of United States II. 3 Credits.

This course will begin with the Reconstruction and will examine the social, economic, and political issues of the late nineteenth century as the country moved from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation, the emergence of the United States as a world power with World War I, the effects of the Great Depression on society and government, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Women's Rights, the War on Terror, and the challenges that America faces as it moves into a new century. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

HIS 240. History Of Ideas. 3 Credits.

In this course, students survey significant ideas in Western culture from ancient times to modern America. Representative figures to be discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Marx. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement; permission of division dean.