Friday – January 18, 2019

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree (2017-2018)

Four-Year College/University Transfer
Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All campuses
Program Code: 20-800-1

For Information: 414-297-6584

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 school you plan to attend about credit transfer and the requirements for your major. See the Four-Year College/University Transfer Agreements section of 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.

Associate in Arts Online – Accelerated degree also offered entirely online and in one year of full-time study. See that program's web page for information.


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.


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

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to four-year institutions.

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 


ENGLISH - 6 Credits Are Required 6

Required Courses:

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

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-level 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:





Any 200-level ECON course





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-level MATH courses, except MATH-260


7 Credits Are Required         



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

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 3 Credits Are Required 3  

Select any 200-level PHYED course.                                                     

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES - 7 Credits Are Required 7  

Choose primarily from 200-level courses. A maximum of six credits of 100-level 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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated October 2017.