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.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT143 or

MAT163

Statistics or

Pre-Calculus (or higher)

3/4

    MAT096 or placement

MAT134 or placement

  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for

exceptions)

  Lab Science Elective

4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Lab Science Elective

4

    Note: See above Lab Science Electives
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Elective

2/3

    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Note: See above Behavioral Electives
  World Language or a designated culturally diverse course

3

    Electives:  Any ASL, FRE, SPA course;  ANT111, ENG236, ENG237, ENG261, ENG265, GEO129, HIS105, HIS106, HIS125, HUM240, HUM260, HST150, SOC125
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
  Literature Elective

3

    Electives: ENG201, 203, 205, 210, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 237, 259, 260, 261, 265
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Note: See above Non-behavioral Electives
  Literature Elective

3

    Note: See above Literature Electives
ISC210 Critical Thinking

3

    Prerequisites: ENG102, completion of 45 credits

Note: Capstone course

  World Language or a designated culturally diverse course

3

    Note: See above World Language or designated culturally diverse courses
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
                                                        Total: 64/66 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: 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 Mass public higher education system, and MWCC graduates are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs of these colleges and universities. See page 136 of the college catalog for more information.

Transfer options: This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). The Liberal Arts & Sciences curricula closely parallel the general education curricula of the first two years required by most four-year colleges and universities. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Program Competencies for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and 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 LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

ISC210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing English Composition II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards* for LAC, LAEL, LAS, LAHP, and LAT

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

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.