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Associate in Arts: Community Engagement Track (2017-2018)

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

All campuses
Program Code: 20-800-1.B


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 — This Associate in Arts degree track prepares you to create positive change through advocacy and community engagement.

The curriculum explores contemporary urban issues with an emphasis on social action and diverse perspectives. You will develop effective solution-driven communication skills and learn strategies of conflict negotiation that are both practical and innovative.

Through this program, students earn the first two years of bachelor’s degree courses that will transfer to a four-year college/university. Courses may be taken online or face-to-face.

Note: Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year college/university regarding specific requirements for a major and credit transfer details. Contact an MATC advisor for more information.

Career Outlook — Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and political causes have a growing demand for qualified staff to engage in advocacy, community organizing, fundraising, communication, public engagement, leadership and social media.

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


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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Effective Communication
  • Effective Problem Solving
  • Global Awareness
  • Professionalism
  • Technological Competency
  • Mathematical Competency

Related Programs
Associate in Arts
Associate in Arts – Online Accelerated
Associate in Science


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

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

ENGLISH - 6 Credits Are Required 6
ENG-201          English 1 ‡  
ENG-202          English 2 ‡  

SPEECH - 3 Credits Are Required

SPEECH-201   Elements of Speech 3  
                         (or) SPEECH-203 Interpersonal Communication    

HUMANITIES -15 Credits Are Required                                                                                                                



ART-201 Understanding Art

Any 200-level ENG diversity-focused Literature course. Choose one of the following:

  • ENG-218 African-American Literature ‡
  • ENG-219 African American Literature 2 ‡
  • ENG-220 Native American Literature ‡
  • ENG-221 Native American Women in Literature ‡
  • ENG-222 Images of Women in Literature‡
  • ENG-223 African-American Literature By and About Black Women

Any additional 200-level FLANG, MUSIC, ENG, SPEECH or ART (9 or more credits); additional foreign language is not required but is recommended.


SOCIAL SCIENCES - 15 Credits Are Required                                                                                                  


SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology

SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity

SOCSCI-221 American National Government and Politics Today

HIST-216 History of American Minorities (or) HIST-217 Contemporary Civil Rights

ECONOMICS Any 200-level ECON course


WORLD/FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 4 Credits Are Required                                                                                 



Any 200-level FLANG

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.


MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits Required at the level of intermediate algebra or above                                                                                                               


MATH-200 Intermediate Algebra ‡


NATURAL SCIENCES - 7 Credits Are Required  (4 credits must be lab)                       



NATSCI-232 Earth Science, take concurrently with NATSCI-234 Earth Sciences Laboratory

Any 200-level NATSCI technology or environmental sciences-related course; choose one of the following:

  • NATSCI-233 Environmental Science
  • NATSCI-246 Climate Change Fundamentals
  • NATSCI-260 Plagues People and Power
  • NATSCI-262 Energy in Nature, Technology and Society

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 1 to 3 Credits Are Required


Select any 200-level PHYED course(s)                                                 


ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES - 7 to 9 Credits Are Required


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.
The following are suggested electives: 

ECON-218 Urban Economics ECON-233 Ecological Economics
ENG-205 Journalism 1 ENG-206 Journalism 2
HIST-210 Women in History HIST-217 Contemporary Civil Rights
HIST-218 Native American History HIST-220 History of Capitalism and Labor
PSYCH-223 Social Psychology PSYCH-230 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology PSYCH-235 Psychology of Adjustment,
SOCSCI-205 Social Problems SOCSCI-208 Global Cultures and Politics
SOCSCI-211 Introduction to Women’s Studies SOCSCI-214 Gender and Society
SOCSCI-224 Peoples and Cultures of
the World
SOCSCI-229 Problems and Programs of
the City
SOCSCI-236 Juvenile Delinquency SOCSCI-246 Human Sexuality
SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication  



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

‡ Prerequisite required.

Review course descriptions and consult with your program advisor regarding your selections.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

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

This page updated October 2017.