Associate of Arts - Community Engagement: Pre-Major

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: General Education
  • Program Code: 20-800-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Associate of Arts - Community Engagement: Pre-Major Degree


Liberal Arts and Sciences Four-Year College Transfer Program

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

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.

Successful completion of this degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 (C) or higher, with 25% of the credits taken at MATC. Students in their final semester should choose a course incorporating service learning. 


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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
English – 6 credits required 6
ENG-201 English 1 ‡
ENG-202 English 2 ‡
Speech – 3 credits required 3
SPEECH-203 Interpersonal Communication
Humanities – 15 credits required 15
ART-201 Understanding Art or ENG-207 Creative Writing ‡

Any 200-level ENG diversity-focused literature course;
choose one of the following:
ENG-218 African-American Literature 1 ‡
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 ‡
ENG-224 Introduction to U.S. Latino Literature ‡

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 required 15
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: ECON-195 (or) any 200-level ECON course
World/Foreign Language – 4 credits required 4
Any 200-level FLANG

This requirement for World/Foreign Language may be waived if student has 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 – 3 credits
At the level of intermediate algebra or above
Natural Sciences – 7 credits required
(4 credits must be in a laboratory science)

GEOSCI-232 Earth Science, take concurrently with
GEOSCI-234 Earth Sciences Laboratory
Any 200-level natural sciences technology or environmental
sciences-related course; choose one of the following:
GEOSCI-233 Environmental Science
GEOSCI-246 Climate Change Fundamentals
BIOSCI-260 Plagues, People and Power ‡

Physical Education – 3 credits required 3
Select any 200-level PHYED course(s)
Additional Electives – 4 credits required 4

Additional foreign language credits are not required but
are recommended.



‡ Prerequisite required.

Note: It is important to consult the four-year college/university regarding transferability of your selected courses.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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Program Outcomes

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce. The Associate of Arts requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing humanities and social sciences.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AA degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - Students will be able to communicate with different audiences by:
    • Being able to synthesize and organize information for diverse audiences
    • Actively listening in personal and professional relationships
    • Reading and comprehending written materials in content areas

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.

  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.

  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.

  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.

  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and occupations including: Advertising, Art, Counseling, Education, Elementary Education, International Studies, Journalism, Politics, Psychology, Public Relations, Radio/TV/Film, Sales, Social Work/Human Services, Theatre, Translating, etc.

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.


Possible Careers

Community Organizer
Fund Raiser
Political Campaign Staff
Nonprofit Staff


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Last updated: 08/25/2021