Associate in Arts

Program Code: 20-800-1A

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With small class sizes, personal attention and high quality education that transfers, Madison College is the on-ramp to your four-year degree. Complete your Associate in Arts degree, and save money. Get started with the curriculum (PDF, 79K) and plan your courses.

The Associate in Arts degree at Madison College provides you with many options for furthering your education and completing a bachelor’s degree. We have agreements and pathways with many institutions across the region. Click here to learn more.

Madison College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have an agreement for students to start at Madison College and receive guaranteed acceptance into UW-Madison. Students must submit an intent to participate form and meet all contract requirements. Madison College is the number one single source of transfer students to UW-Madison. Students should also use the Transfer Information System (TIS) to check the transferability of Madison College courses to four-year universities in Wisconsin.

If you are interested in careers like: journalism, public relations, art, theatre, counseling, education, international studies, psychology, social work/human services, sales, translating, politics, advertising, radio/TV/film, elementary education, and much more, the Associate in Arts program at Madison College is the best place to get started!

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Program Outcomes

  1. Use identified critical thinking skills to pose questions, process information and make decisions.
  2. Engage in collaborative activities in ways that contribute to the achievement of shared goals.
  3. Exhibit self-awareness and self-management skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments.
  4. Recognize the contributions of diverse cultures, historical periods, and art forms to the improvement of the human condition in a global society.
  5. Compute and analyze quantitative data using mathematical, statistical and logical methods to solve problems.
  6. Explore physical and social environments using scientific tools and methods.
  7. Communicate with varied audiences by:
    1. Listening actively in personal and professional relationships;
    2. Reading and comprehending written materials in the content areas at grade 14 level;
    3. Synthesizing and organizing information for diverse audiences.
  8. Research a question by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesizing the results in an academic document.

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