Theatre Arts Track

Program Competencies for LAT

Upon graduation from these programs, 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

ISC 210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing ENG 102 English Composition II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards1 for LAT


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.

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
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MUS 103Music Skills And Theory I 3
THE 101Fundamentals Of Acting 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
ENG 102English Composition 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
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
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 5 3
ENG 236Modern Drama (or Literature Elective - see list below) 3
THE 106Fundamentals Of Acting II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Humanities Elective 6 3
ISC 210Critical Thinking 73
 Total Credits: 64-66

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


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


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


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


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
See additional requirements


Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC
See additional requirements


Capstone course

Additional Requirements

The nonbehavioral social science OR the humanities elective must be a designated culturally diverse course:

Any FRE or SPA course3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3
GEO 129World And Cultural Geography3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3
HUM 240Comparative Religion3
HUM 260The Art Of Being Human I3

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 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

See the theatre arts general information for program competencies and technical standards.


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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

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

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.


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: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, 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: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. Spring.

THE 106. Fundamentals Of Acting II. 3 Credits.

Building on the skills learned in THE101 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: ENG101, THE101.

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: ENG102. 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: ENG102. 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: ENG102.

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: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement.

THE 285. Technical Theatre Practicum II. 3 Credits.

This is a continuation of THE284 Technical Theatre Practicum I. Prerequisite: THE284.