Associate of Arts - Global Studies: 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 - Global Studies: Pre-Major Degree


Liberal Arts and Sciences Four-Year College Transfer Program

This Associate of Arts program prepares you for effective intercultural interaction in a globalized society. The curriculum explores contemporary global issues with an emphasis on foreign language study, multicultural perspectives and service learning. Students will develop effective communication skills and learn strategies to support cultural exploration in a global context.

Students earn the first two years of bachelor’s degree credit courses that will transfer (consult with the destination institution regarding specific requirements for a major and credit transfer details). Courses may be taken online or face to face.

Note: It is important to consult the four-year college/university regarding transferability of your selected courses. 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. See an MATC advisor for information.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
English – 6 credits required 6
ENG-201 English 1 ‡
ENG-202 English 2 ‡
Speech – 3 credits required 3
SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication
World/Foreign Language – 4 credits required 4
Any 200-level FLANG
Most four-year universities require at least four
consecutive semesters of the same language. Students with prior experience can place into a higher level with
the potential of earning 2-14 free retroactive credits.
Students who completed four high school semesters of the same language with a grade of C or better can waive this requirement; the four waived credits must be made up with other 200-level credits.
Humanities – 15 credits required 15
Recommended – Any additional 200-level FLANG courses
Social Sciences – 15 credits required 15
SOCSCI-208 Global Cultures and Politics
(or) GLOBAL-115 International Field Studies
SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity
SOCSCI-224 Peoples and Cultures of the World
HIST-229 World History Since 1500
ECON-223 Ecological Economics
(or) ECON-202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Mathematics – 4 credits required
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 (3 credits), take concurrently
with GEOSCI-234 Earth Sciences Laboratory (1 credit)
Any 200-level natural science 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 – 3 credits required 3

Choose any 200-level courses.



‡ Prerequisite required.

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

Non-governmental organizations and international businesses have a growing demand for qualified staff to engage in a range of professional activities, including program development, immigration services, fundraising, translation, community development and diplomacy.

Possible Careers

International Nonprofit Staff
Immigrant Services Staff
Community Development Staff
Human Rights Advocate
Political Analyst
Social Science Researcher
Foreign Service
Public Diplomacy



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Last updated: 03/26/2024