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.
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.
|ENG 101||College Writing I||3|
|THE 101||Fundamentals Of Acting||3|
|Behavioral Social Science Elective 1||3|
|Lab Science Elective 2||4|
|MUS 103||Music Skills And Theory I||3|
|ENG 102||College Writing II||3|
|DAN 120||Musical Theater Dance Styles (formerly MUS120)||3|
|THE 284||Technical Theatre Practicum I||3|
|Computer Science Elective (CIS 127 or higher)||3|
|Science Elective 3||3-4|
|MAT 143 or 163||Statistics or Precalculus (or higher)||4|
|MUS 111||Voice I||3|
|THE 103||Introduction To Theatre||3|
|THE 285||Technical Theatre Practicum II||3|
|PER 126 or 130||Fitness And Wellness 4||2-3|
|Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Elective (see list below)||3|
|ENG 236||Modern Drama (or Literature Elective - see list below)||3|
|THE 106||Fundamentals Of Acting II||3|
|SPC 113||Speech (formerly THE113)||3|
|World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (see list below)||3|
|ENG 290||LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research||3|
Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
Lab Science Electives: 4 credit courses in AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, or PHY
Science Electives: 3 or 4 credit courses in AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, or PHY
PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer
|ENG 201||Honors English: American Romanticism||3|
|ENG 203||Twentieth Century American Authors||3|
|ENG 210||Literature Of The Sixties||3|
|ENG 213||American Literature I||3|
|ENG 214||American Literature II||3|
|ENG 221||Women's Literature||3|
|ENG 224||Mystery Fiction||3|
|ENG 227||English Literature I||3|
|ENG 228||English Literature II||3|
|ENG 233||Science Fiction||3|
|ENG 235||Children's Literature||3|
|ENG 237||Special Topics: Queer American Drama||3|
|ENG 252||Shakespeare and Star Wars: A Study of Tragedy through Drama and Film||3|
|ENG 259||Literary Masterpieces I||3|
|ENG 260||Literary Masterpieces II||3|
|ENG 261||The Short Story||3|
|ENG 265||Great Writers of Harlem||3|
Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Electives
|GEO 129||World And Cultural Geography||3|
|HIS 105||History Of World Civilization I||3|
|HIS 106||History Of World Civilization II||3|
|HIS 125||American Ethnic History||3|
World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives
|ASL, FRE, SPA (Any Course)||3|
|ART 109||Art History I||3|
|DAN 133||Hip Hop/Street Dance Foundation||3|
|HUM 240||Comparative Religion||3|
|HUM 260||The Art Of Being Human I||3|
|MUS 106||History Of Jazz||3|
|MUS 160||History of Rock and Roll||3|
|PHL 201||Introduction To Philosophical Issues||3|
|PHL 210||Levels Of Being||3|
See Theatre Arts program competencies and technical standards.
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.
For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.
Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.
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
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
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.
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.