Theatre Arts Track

The Theatre Arts Track at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts 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 performing 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.

Year 1
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MAT 143 or 163Statistics or Pre-Calculus (or higher) 3-4
THE 101Fundamentals Of Acting 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
THE 184Technical Theatre Practicum I (Formerly THE284) 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
Lab Science Elective 2 4
MUS 111Voice I 3
THE 185Technical Theatre Practicum II (Formerly THE 285) 3
THE 103Introduction To Theatre 3
Year 2
Science Elective 3 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
DAN 120Musical Theater Dance Styles (formerly MUS120) 3
ENG 236Modern Drama (or Literature Elective -- see list below) 3
Music/Theatre/Dance Elective 4 3
ENG 290Advanced Writing and Research 3
THE 106Fundamentals Of Acting II 3
World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Elective (see list below)  3
General Elective  3
Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Elective (see list below)  3
 Total Credits: 61-62

Behavioral Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Lab Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Any MUS, THE or DAN course.


Literature Electives

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 237Queer Voices in Literature3
ENG 252Shakespeare and Star Wars: A Study of Tragedy through Drama and Film3
ENG 261The Short Story3

World Language or Culturally Diverse Humanities Electives

ASL - Any American Sign Language course3
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 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Queer Voices in Literature3
ENG 261The Short Story3
FRE - Any French course3
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
PHL 250Moral Philosophy3
SPA - Any Spanish course3

Culturally Diverse Non-Behavioral Social Science Electives

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

See Theatre Arts program student learning outcomes and technical standards.

Student Success Tips

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 the 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 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 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 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.
  • Work as a member of a team.

THE 101. Fundamentals Of Acting. 3 Credits.

Through the use of improvisation, theatre games, and scene study, students will be exposed to the working techniques that assist actors in creating a role and executing it in performance. The course will focus on the fundamental skills of the actor: concentration; believable action; basic stage directions and motivated movement; observation; emotional and sensory recall; and defining objectives. The course will culminate in student performance of scenes and monologues. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

THE 103. Introduction To Theatre. 3 Credits.

Students will become acquainted with various elements which comprise the world of theatre, including a brief view of its history, traditions, language, styles, and purposes as well as the function of the various disciplines within the craft and how they combine to create a theatrical production. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring. Alternate Years.

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 112. Children's Theatre/Theatre for Young Audiences. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the understanding and appreciation of the art of Children’s Theatre through the development of skills as a storyteller, performer, director, designer, and audience member/reviewer. Additionally, students will acquire skills for planning and adapting stories for children’s productions. Prerequisite: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

THE 175. Introduction to Costume Design. 3 Credits.

This course explores the introductory skills and duties needed to perform in the role of costume designer in the performing arts. Students will work through the process of “Page to Stage” including but not limited to script analysis, research, production documentation, rendering and an introduction to textiles. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098 (or placement). Fall.

THE 184. Technical Theatre Practicum I (Formerly THE284). 3 Credits.

This course is a hands-on introduction to basic stagecraft and technical production. Students are exposed to the terminology, tools, equipment, machinery, and materials involved in standard set construction, painting, rigging, lighting and sound. Students learn to work safely, collaboratively and creatively as part of a production team for Theatre at the Mount productions and events. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092 or MAT 096, RDG 098, or placement.

THE 185. Technical Theatre Practicum II (Formerly THE 285). 3 Credits.

This course builds on the skills learned in THE 184 – Technical Theatre Practicum I. While working on Theatre at the Mount productions and events, students learn more advanced techniques and are expected to assume increased responsibility for production projects, working independently as directed by the instructor/Technical Director. Students are also exposed to basic theatre design practices and complete a design project which may focus on creating a Ground Plan, designing props, or building a Set Model. Prerequisites: THE 184.