Theatre Arts Track

The Theatre Arts 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 Theatre Arts Track offers a student the opportunity to explore the preforming arts 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.

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Theatre Arts Track (LAT)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program places special emphasis on the performing arts and is an excellent foundation for transfer to theatre and music programs at four-year colleges and universities. Students will benefit from involvement in Theatre at the Mount’s extensive season of plays.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
THE 101Fundamentals Of Acting 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
MUS 103Music Skills And Theory I 3
Spring
ENG 102College Writing II 3
DAN 120Musical Theater Dance Styles (formerly MUS120) 3
THE 284Technical Theatre Practicum I 3
Computer Science Elective (CIS 127 or higher)  3
Science Elective 3 3-4
Year 2
Fall
MAT 143 or 163Statistics or Precalculus (or higher) 4
MUS 111Voice I 3
THE 103Introduction To Theatre 3
THE 285Technical Theatre Practicum II 3
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 42-3
Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Elective (see list below)  3
Spring
ENG 236Modern Drama (or Literature Elective - see list below) 3
THE 106Fundamentals Of Acting II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (see list below)  3
ENG 290LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research 3
 Total Credits: 64-66
1

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

2

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

3

Science Electives: 3 or 4 credit courses in AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, or PHY

4

PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer

Literature Elective

Credits
ENG 201Honors English: American Romanticism3
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 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
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3

Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Electives

Credits
GEO 129World And Cultural Geography3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3

World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives

Credits
ASL, FRE, SPA (Any Course)3
ART 109Art History I3
DAN 133Hip Hop/Street Dance Foundation3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3
MUS 106History Of Jazz3
MUS 160History of Rock and Roll3
PHL 201Introduction To Philosophical Issues3
PHL 210Levels Of Being3

See Theatre Arts program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Eligible LAT 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

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MassTransfer

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 Competencies for LAT

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 LAT

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

Technical Standards1 for LAT

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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.

Courses

THE 101. Fundamentals Of Acting. 3 Credits.

This is a study in the fundamentals of acting with emphasis on the principles of observation, concentration, sense-memory, and dramatic action. These skills will be developed through voice exercise, pantomimes, improvisations, monologues, short scenes, and plays. Students will be required to rehearse and perform several scenes in order to develop skills in serious and comic characterizations. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

THE 103. Introduction To Theatre. 3 Credits.

This is an overview of the art of theatre and drama beginning with an inquiry into the nature of the dramatic experience. Dramatic expression, tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and tragicomedy will be examined. Students will analyze the roles of the artists of theatre: actor and director; designer and architect; playwright and critic. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

THE 106. Fundamentals Of Acting II. 3 Credits.

Building on the skills learned in THE 101 Fundamentals of Acting, this course focuses on script analysis and its application to scene study. Through scene work, students take a script from "page to stage" culminating in class projects presented for the public. Prerequisites: ENG 101, THE 101.

THE 207. Styles Of Drama. 3 Credits.

This course is an examination of the major world playwrights of every important theatrical period from the Greeks to today from a literary, historical, and theatrical point of view. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Offered occasionally.

THE 281. Special Topics In Theatre. 1 Credit.

Specific course content will vary from semester to semester. Details will be included in pre-registration materials. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Offered occasionally.

THE 283. Special Topics In Theatre. 3 Credits.

Specific course content will vary from semester to semester. Details will be included in pre-registration materials. Prerequisite: ENG 102.

THE 284. Technical Theatre Practicum I. 3 Credits.

This practicum is designed to allow students to receive hands-on experience in theatrical production by working on Theatre at the Mount productions. Students will be exposed to scenic design, construction, painting, lighting, sound, and props techniques. Maintenance of the physical theatre and its machinery, as well as theatre safety, will be addressed. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

THE 285. Technical Theatre Practicum II. 3 Credits.

This is a continuation of THE 284 Technical Theatre Practicum I. Prerequisite: THE 284.