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The Arts and Humanities Pre-major provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills at the core of what it means to be human. The Pre-major includes subjects that foster critical, analytical and creative thinking about human behavior and attitudes towards ourselves, towards each other—both as individuals and as members of groups—and towards the natural and human-built environment. Coursework in the Pre-major prepares students for success in a variety of majors that students could pursue after they transfer.
The Pre-major allows students the flexibility to build a two-year degree plan that fits best with the four-year institution of their choice. A solid grounding in the Arts and Humanities provides a well-rounded education that keeps student options open, giving them the communication, thinking, and analytical skills they need to be successful in almost any career. Specific transfer agreements are available for transferring into four-year colleges, including the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Students in the Arts and Humanities Pre-major can choose to focus in many different areas, including:
- Art History
- Performing Arts
- Political Science
- Social Work
- World Languages
For details, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jon Pollack firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students earning the Associate of Arts degree can attend full or part time.
Liberal Arts Transfer classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
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- Madison - Truax
- Madison - South
- Madison - West
- Fort Atkinson
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.60 credits minimum to complete the program by satisfying the all requirements as defined.English and Speech (9 credits)Six credits must be in composition - English 1 and one other composition course (English 2 recommended). Three credits must be in public speaking.Composition CoursesPublic Speaking CoursesHealth/Wellness/Physical Education (1 credit)Completion of one of the listed courses is required.Physical Education Courses20-807-2101 credit20-807-2131 credit20-807-2141 credit20-807-2151 credit20-807-2192 credits20-807-2231 credit20-807-2451 credit20-807-2471 credit20-807-2481 credit20-807-2501 credit20-807-2541 credit20-807-2552 credits20-807-2582 credits20-807-2641 credit20-807-2662 credits20-807-2671 credit20-807-2682 credits20-807-2691 credit20-807-2721 creditHumanities/Fine Arts (12 credits)Select one literature course. Completion of courses from two additional disciplines is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: art, drama, film, music, philosophy, world languages, writing and communication, and interdisciplinary humanities. Remaining credits to fulfill the requirement can be selected from any Humanities and Fine Arts courses offered within the AA degree, including literature.Art Courses20-815-2003 credits20-815-2013 credits20-815-2053 credits20-815-2103 credits20-815-2283 credits20-815-2113 credits20-815-2153 credits20-815-2193 credits20-815-2203 credits20-815-2213 credits20-815-2333 credits20-815-2353 credits20-815-2393 credits20-815-2413 credits20-815-2533 credits20-815-2543 credits20-815-2903 credits20-815-2913 credits20-815-2943 credits20-815-2953 credits20-815-2963 credits20-815-2933 creditsDrama Courses20-810-2303 credits20-810-2353 credits20-810-2363 credits20-810-2383 credits20-810-2451 credit20-810-2461 credit20-810-2601 credit20-810-2612 credits20-810-2623 credits20-810-2633 credits20-810-2701 creditFilm CoursesLiterature Courses20-801-2043 credits20-801-2073 credits20-801-2113 credits20-801-2123 credits20-801-2133 credits20-801-2143 credits20-801-2173 credits20-801-2183 credits20-801-2213 credits20-801-2223 credits20-801-2263 credits20-801-2273 credits20-801-2293 credits20-801-2303 credits20-801-2503 creditsMusic Courses20-805-2021 credit20-805-2031 credit20-805-2051 credit20-805-2073 credits20-805-2111 credit20-805-2121 credit20-805-2161 credit20-805-2171 credit20-805-2191 credit20-805-2201 credit20-805-2211 credit20-805-2221 credit20-805-2273 credits20-805-2293 credits20-805-2603 credits20-805-2701 credit20-805-2711 credit20-805-2783 credits20-805-2791 credit20-805-2801 credit20-805-2811 credit20-805-2821 creditPhilosophy Courses10-809-1033 credits10-809-1663 credits20-809-2583 credits20-809-2603 credits20-809-2614 credits20-809-2623 credits20-809-2633 credits20-809-2643 credits20-809-2663 credits20-809-2763 creditsWorld Languages Courses20-802-2114 credits20-802-2124 credits20-802-2134 credits20-802-2144 credits20-802-2153 credits20-802-2183 credits20-802-2214 credits20-802-2224 credits20-802-2234 credits20-802-2244 credits20-802-2263 credits20-802-2303 credits20-802-2313 credits20-802-2323 credits20-802-2403 credits20-802-2413 creditsWriting and Communication Courses10-801-1953 credits10-801-1963 credits10-801-1973 credits20-801-2403 credits20-801-2413 credits20-801-2423 credits20-801-2433 credits20-801-2443 credits20-801-2453 credits20-801-2463 credits20-801-2493 credits20-801-2514 credits20-801-2523 credits20-801-2533 credits20-801-2563 credits20-801-2623 credits20-801-2711 credit20-801-2721 credit20-801-2732 credits20-801-2742 credits20-810-2053 credits20-810-2063 creditsInterdisciplinary Humanities Courses20-801-2543 credits20-802-2611 credit20-802-2621 credit20-802-2802 credits20-810-2003 credits20-810-2673 creditsMathematics and Natural Science (10 credits)Select one mathematics course at the level of Intermediate Algebra or higher. (Quantitative Reasoning is recommended.) Select one biological science course and one physical science course; one of the courses must include a laboratory. If lab is a stand-alone course, the associated lecture component is also required.Mathematics Courses20-804-2014 credits20-804-2033 credits20-804-2103 credits20-804-2113 credits20-804-2123 credits20-804-2133 credits20-804-2143 credits20-804-2153 credits20-804-2163 credits20-804-2203 credits20-804-2215 credits20-804-2295 credits20-804-2315 credits20-804-2325 credits20-804-2335 credits20-804-2404 credits20-804-2413 credits20-804-2553 credits20-804-2563 credits20-804-2653 creditsBiological Science Lab Courses10-806-1054 credits10-806-1774 credits10-806-1794 credits20-806-2035 credits20-806-2064 credits20-806-2074 credits20-806-2084 credits20-806-2155 credits20-806-2265 credits20-806-2381 credit20-806-2715 credits20-806-2725 credits20-806-2735 credits20-806-2745 credits20-806-2764 credits20-806-2864 creditsBiological Science Courses without LabPhysical Science Lab Courses10-806-1344 credits10-806-1393 credits10-806-1864 credits20-806-2015 credits20-806-2095 credits20-806-2125 credits20-806-2163 credits20-806-2215 credits20-806-2225 credits20-806-2235 credits20-806-2245 credits20-806-2344 credits20-806-2364 credits20-806-2444 credits20-806-2471 credit20-806-2481 credit20-806-2494 credits20-806-2512 credits20-806-2534 credits20-806-2544 credits20-806-2595 credits20-806-2662 credits20-806-2672 credits20-806-2903 creditsPhysical Science Courses without Lab20-806-2203 credits20-806-2323 credits20-806-2333 credits20-806-2353 credits20-806-2413 credits20-806-2453 credits20-806-2463 credits20-806-2503 credits20-806-2523 credits20-806-2553 credits20-806-2564 credits20-806-2574 credits20-806-2913 credits20-806-2923 creditsSocial Science (12 credits)Completion of courses from at least three disciplines is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and interdisciplinary social science.Anthropology CoursesEconomics CoursesEducation CoursesHistory Courses20-803-2013 credits20-803-2043 credits20-803-2053 credits20-803-2083 credits20-803-2113 credits20-803-2123 credits20-803-2143 credits20-803-2163 credits20-803-2203 credits20-803-2243 credits20-803-2253 credits20-803-2333 credits20-803-2343 credits20-803-2383 credits20-803-2403 credits20-803-2423 credits20-803-2433 credits20-803-2443 creditsPolitical Science Courses10-809-1223 credits20-809-2183 credits20-809-2213 credits20-809-2223 credits20-809-2233 credits20-809-2273 credits20-809-2423 credits20-809-2453 creditsPsychology Courses10-809-1593 credits10-809-1883 credits10-809-1993 credits20-809-2013 credits20-809-2103 credits20-809-2253 credits20-809-2313 credits20-809-2333 credits20-809-2373 credits20-809-2393 credits20-809-2493 credits20-809-2963 credits20-809-2973 creditsSociology Courses10-809-1723 credits10-809-1973 credits20-809-2023 credits20-809-2033 credits20-809-2043 credits20-809-2073 credits20-809-2523 credits20-809-2533 credits20-809-2553 credits20-809-2753 credits20-809-2771 credit20-809-2913 credits20-809-2953 creditsInterdisciplinary Social Science Courses20-809-2063 credits20-809-2153 credits20-809-2304 credits20-809-2563 credits20-809-2571 credit20-809-2693 credits20-809-2823 credits20-809-2903 credits20-809-2943 creditsElectives (16 credits)Select any courses offered within the Liberal Arts Transfer program or from the list of additional electives below. Internships and Honors Project credits may also be applied (20-code courses only).Consult with your advisor to determine which courses are best for your intended transfer program (major and transfer institution).10-007-1243 credits10-007-1253 credits10-101-1114 credits10-101-1134 credits10-101-1184 credits10-101-1254 credits10-101-2444 credits10-102-1043 credits10-102-1343 credits10-102-1433 credits10-104-1023 credits10-102-1603 credits10-114-1303 credits10-116-1453 credits10-307-1793 credits10-307-1873 credits10-501-1013 credits10-504-9003 credits10-605-2703 credits10-606-2313 credits10-606-2321 credit10-662-1213 credits10-662-2214 credits10-662-2523 credits10-804-1142 credits10-804-1155 credits10-804-1164 credits20-804-2003 credits20-804-2023 credits20-804-2173 credits20-806-2191 credit20-806-2621 credit20-806-2641 credit20-806-2931 credit20-806-2941 credit20-806-2953 credits20-890-2003 credits20-890-2021 creditEthnic Studies (One course)Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, or Electives.20-801-2073 credits20-801-2123 credits20-801-2133 credits20-801-2143 credits20-801-2223 credits20-803-2143 credits20-803-2163 credits20-803-2383 credits20-803-2403 credits20-803-2443 credits20-805-2293 credits20-809-2523 credits20-809-2823 credits20-809-2833 credits10-809-1723 creditsLiterature (One course)The course may also count toward fulfilling the Humanities and Fine Arts or Electives requirements.See Literature Courses under the Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement above.World Languages (One course)May be met with one year in high school with a grade of "C" or better OR one semester in college. College course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or Electives.If requirement was satisfied with high school courses, email: email@example.com.See World Languages Courses under the Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement above.
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1. Admission Application
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2. Education Completion
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
UW System SchoolsThis agreement is in the form of a contract. Students who earn the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) Degree in one of the LAT Pre-Majors at Madison College, who meet requirements for admission to UW-Madison, contract requirements and who meet specified levels of academic achievement at Madison College will be granted admission to UW–Madison as a transfer student. Admission to UW–Madison under this agreement does not guarantee admission to any specific academic major or program.Madison College students who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree on or after May 7, 2003, will be accepted into he bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree programs at UW Platteville provided they have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on transferable courses. Some majors at UW P may be subject to enrollment caps or higher minimum GPA requirements.Students must complete the associates (arts or science) degree, earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 including coursework from other institutions (2.75 is required for international emphasis), be admitted to UW W and applied to the appropriate journalism emphasis. It is recommended that students take 809172 for their diversity class.
Wisconsin Private SchoolsMadison College students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree who are admitted to Carroll University with at least 52 hours of acceptable transfer credit will have the writing seminar waived and will meet all GE1 distribution components in the general education curriculum. In addition, transfer credit may be received for the CCD, GE2 and CCE requirements.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 60 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 60 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Students who complete the associate of arts or sciences degree from Madison College will be guaranteed admission to Edgewood College when students transfer directly to Edgewood College within 5 years of completing the associates degree. Students with a completed associates degree will have all their general education requirements met with the exception of world language, religious studies and COR. Students must meet all admissions deadlines. A maximum of 64 credits of college transfer courses with a final grade of C-, or CD, or higher will be considered for transfer. Students may complete the world language and religious studies requirements at Madison College with the proper course selection. Edgewood College‘s COR requirement must be satisfied at Edgewood College. Speak to an advisor about the pathway for education. Contact Edgewood College for more information on COR, world languages and religious studies or if the student plans on transferring prior to completing the degree.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Mount Mary University will recognize an earned AA, AS, and AAS degree and guarantee those students junior standing. Outlines main transfer equivalencies.Students who complete a liberal arts associate of science or arts degree will be eligible to have up to 60 credits transfer to Ripon. Students who complete their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science from Madison College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will matriculate with junior standing.
Out-of-State SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.Students graduating with an associate degree from Madison Area Technical College with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.Madison College Students who complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will be eligible for guaranteed admission to Saint Augustine University, when transferring credits from Madison College to Saint Augustine University and adhering to all posted admission deadlines. MC students with at least 60 transferable credits will have those credits applied to the designated core required credits for the major and that students will enter with junior status.
After completing the Liberal Arts Transfer associate of arts degree at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Use identified critical thinking skills to pose questions, process information and make decisions.
- Engage in collaborative activities in ways that contribute to the achievement of shared goals.
- Exhibit self-awareness and self-management skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments.
- Recognize the contributions of diverse cultures, historical periods, and art forms to the improvement of the human condition in a global society.
- Compute and analyze quantitative data using mathematical, statistical and logical methods to solve problems.
- Explore physical and social environments using scientific tools and methods.
- Communicate with varied audiences by:
- Listening actively in personal and professional relationships.
- Reading and comprehending written materials in the content areas at grade 14 level.
- Synthesizing and organizing information for diverse audiences.
- Research a question by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesizing the results in an academic document.