Monday – June 18, 2018

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Four-Year College Transfer Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
All campuses
Associate in Arts (A.A.) Online Accelerated degree also offered entirely online and in one year of full-time study
Program Code: 20-800-1

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2200
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500

Overview — If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, you can take your first two years of courses at MATC and transfer your credits. It is important to consult with your advisor and the four-year college you plan to attend about credit transfer and the requirements for your major. See Credit Transfer  for detailed information.

In addition to the Associate in Arts degree, the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers the following college transfer degrees: Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Science: Biotechnology Track, Associate in Science: Chemical Technology Track, and Associate in Arts: Educational Foundations Track.
Students who don't intend to pursue a bachelor's degree may wish to choose the Liberal Arts and Sciences program to combine liberal studies with electives from other degree and diploma programs.


Academic Requirements — Successful completion of the Associate in Arts degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 (C) or higher, with 25% of the credits taken at MATC.


Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • ACT score 18; ACT Math score 20
  • MATC assessment score of at least 67 in Reading, 76 in Sentence Skills, and 73 in Elementary Algebra

Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to four-year institutions.

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

ENGLISH - 6 Credits Are Required 6

Required Courses:

         ENG-201                    English 1 ‡
         ENG-202                    English 2 ‡

In addition, for Humanities requirement, select a three-credit 200-series ENG course.

SPEECH - 3 Credits Are Required



Elements of Speech

(or) SPEECH-203 Interpersonal Communication

(or) SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication

HUMANITIES -15 Credits Are Required                                                                                                                 


Select credits from 200-series courses in the humanities (such as English, music, art,
speech, foreign language). Examples: SPEECH-212, FLANG-214.

Three credits must be in 200-level diversity/ethnic studies courses.

Three credits must be in 200-level fine arts courses.
Examples: MUSIC-205, ART-201.

15 Credits Are Required   


The 15 credits must be taken from at least three of these five areas:



Principles of Microeconomics 

(or) ECON-202

Principles of Macroeconomics



Introduction to Sociology



Introductory Psychology



American National Government and Politics Today

(or) SOCSCI-222

American State and Local Government

5.     HISTORY Any 200-level HIST course    

4 Credits Are Required  


This requirement may be waived if student has successfully completed four high school semesters
of the same foreign language with a grade of C or higher; the four waived credits must be made up
by another 200-level course.
Students may earn retroactive credit and credit by exam.
Strongly recommended:Take two semesters of the same language if not already taken in high school.


4 Credits Required 


Select any 200-series MATH courses, except MATH-260


7 Credits Are Required         


Select any 200-series NATSCI courses. Four credits must be in a laboratory science.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 3 Credits Are Required 3

Select any 200-series PHYED course.                                                      

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES - 7 Credits Are Required 7

Choose primarily from 200-series courses. A maximum of six credits of 100-series courses
may be selected as electives. Additional foreign language is not required but is recommended.                                                                     



Note: It is important to consult the four-year institution regarding transferability of the selected courses.

‡ Prerequisite required.
See course descriptions for a complete listing of courses in these subjects. Consult with your program advisor regarding your selections.

 Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
For information on times and locations of specific classes, visit INFOnline.

Page updated July 2014.