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 (JPollack@madisoncollege.edu)
Plan Your Path to Success!
- New students should attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session
- Check how your courses transfer within the UW System
To stay up to date on your progress, be sure to view your advisement report regularly!
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:
- 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 2021-2022 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 CoursesHumanities/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 CoursesDrama CoursesFilm CoursesLiterature CoursesMusic CoursesPhilosophy CoursesWorld Languages CoursesWriting and Communication CoursesInterdisciplinary Humanities CoursesMathematics and Natural Science (10 credits)Select one mathematics course at the level of Intermediate Algebra or higher. 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 CoursesBiological Science Lab CoursesBiological Science Courses without LabPhysical Science Lab CoursesPhysical Science Courses without LabSocial 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 CoursesPolitical Science CoursesPsychology CoursesSociology CoursesInterdisciplinary Social Science CoursesElectives (16 credits)Select any courses offered within the Liberal Arts Transfer program or from the list of additional electives below. A maximum of six Honor 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).Ethnic Studies (One course)Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, or Electives.Literature (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: firstname.lastname@example.org.See World Languages Courses under the Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement above.
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International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.
Fall 2021 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2020
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2021
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022
Summer 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2022
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
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.
Wisconsin 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.This agreement is for students who wish to do their first year of college-transfer classes Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) and transfer to Madison College to complete the Associate of Arts or Associates of Science degree. Students interested in this transfer option will sign an agreement with their BTC advisor.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.Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.Madison 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 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 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 a 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.For more information contact Herzing University for transfer options.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.This agreement is in the form of a contract. Students who are eligible to sign the contract and meet the terms of the contract will be guaranteed admission to UW Madison College of Letters and Sciences. Students who do not participate in the transfer contract are eligible and welcome to apply to UW Madison through the regular transfer admissions process.Students who complete the associates of science degree at Madison College will have met the general education requirements at UW Platteville with the exception of Ethnic and Gender Studies (this can be met by taking Madison College 809-172 or 809-217). In addition some engineering majors have specific general education requirements. Students must take both 804231 and 804232 to receive credit for UWP‘s MATH 2640 and 2740. Madison College 806211 and 806212 combine to satisfy Chemistry 1450- Chemistry for Engineers at UWP.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.Transfer students who have completed the associate of arts or associate of science degree will have satisfied all general education requirements thought additional courses may still be required to meet degree/major requirements.Madison College students who complete the four semester sequence of classes and earn a 2.8 cumulative GPA may transfer to UW Whitewater and have guaranteed admission to the upper-division courses in the College of Business and Economics. Completion of the associates of arts or science degree waives all WU Whitewater general education 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.Associate of Arts Transfer Program Collaborative Agreement allows students to complete an Associate in Arts degree at Madison College while taking University Transfer courses at Western. Students will be admitted to the Liberal Arts program at Madison College and must take a minimum of 25% of the degree requirements from Madison College.
Non-Wisconsin 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 MATC 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.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 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.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.For more information contact Herzing University for transfer options.Madison Area Technical College (primary college) and Northcentral Technical College (cooperating college) partnership for sharing the Liberal Arts Transfer Program (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees) through this 1+1 collaboration agreement. Provides access to the Madison College liberal arts transfer degrees (AA & AS).
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.