Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Program 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. During their course of study, students will develop skills to meet the challenges and demands of a rapidly changing society and to think and write critically in order to contribute to their world. Students gain a strong foundation in humanities, social sciences, math, and natural sciences, which enables them to transfer to competitive four-year colleges/universities. ​ 

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)

This program is for those who would like a strong educational background to transfer to a four-year institution or immediately enter professional employment by carefully selecting electives. Students may choose to major in virtually any academic discipline, such as biology, English, history, or physical science. Students are encouraged to discuss majoring in any specific area of study with their academic advisor. LAS students can transfer to many four-year colleges or universities and start as a junior.

Year 1
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MAT 143 or 163Statistics or Precalculus (or higher) 3-4
Behavioral Social Science Elective I 1 3
Science Elective 2 3-4
General Elective I 3 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Humanities Elective 4 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
General Elective II 3 3
Year 2
Behavioral Social Science Elective II 1 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective I 5 3
Literature Elective I 6 3
World Language or Culturally Diverse Elective I (see list below)  3
General Elective III 3 3
ENG 290Advanced Writing and Research 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective II 6 3
World Language or Culturally Diverse Elective II (see list below)  3
Literature Elective II 6 3
General Elective IV 3 3
 Total Credits: 61-63

Behavioral Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Lab Science Electives and Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.


Humanities Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Literature Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.

World Language Electives or Culturally Diverse Electives

ASL - Any American Sign Language course3
ANT 111Cultural Anthropology3
ART 109Art History I3
ART 110Art History II3
ART 251Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 252Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 259Ceramics I3
ART 263Drawing I3
DAN 133Hip Hop/Street Dance Foundation3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 22321st-Century Global Science Fiction3
ENG 230From P-Town to Great Barrington: A Virtual Journey with Massachusetts Poets 3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Queer Voices in Literature3
ENG 261The Short Story3
FRE - Any French course3
GEO 129World And Cultural Geography3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3
HST 150Cultural Awareness3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3
HUM 283Honors Research Seminar: “An American in Paris": Exploring French Cultural & Literary Hist3
HUM 290Travel and Study: International Culture, Philosophy, and Arts3
MUS 106History Of Jazz3
MUS 160History of Rock and Roll3
PHL 180World Philosophy3
PHL 201Introduction To Philosophical Issues3
PHL 210Levels Of Being3
PHL 220Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy3
PHL 250Moral Philosophy3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology3
SOC 125Gender Development and Cultural Changes3
SOC 205Social Problems3
SPA - Any Spanish course3

See Liberal Arts and Sciences program student learning outcomes and technical standards.

Student Success Tips

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.

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.

Please click here for MassTransfer information

Special Requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for LAS

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 LAS

ENG 290 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 LAS


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.
  • Work as a member of a team.