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The Economics and Pre-business Pre-major provides students with the educational foundation necessary to be successful in business and economics programs at four-year institutions. The program helps students meet most entry-level requirements and even some program requirements for bachelor's degrees in the field. For example, the Pre-major offers a guided focus in the math and statistics content vital to the success of any future business or economics graduate. Specific transfer agreements are available for transferring into four-year colleges, including the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater's College of Business and Economics.
Potential pathways in Business and Economics include:
- Actuarial Science
- Agriculture Economics and Applied Economics
- Business Management and Human Resources
- Finance, Investment and Banking
- Information Systems
- International Business
- International Relations
- Operations Management (Supply Chain Management)
- Public Affairs
- Real Estate
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:
Your 4-year degree starts here!We'll help you choose classes with transferable credits to keep your college journey on track.
- 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 2022-2023 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 credit20-807-2691 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 credits20-815-2113 credits20-815-2193 credits20-815-2203 credits20-815-2213 credits20-815-2283 credits20-815-2333 credits20-815-2353 credits20-815-2393 credits20-815-2413 credits20-815-2423 credits20-815-2533 credits20-815-2543 credits20-815-2903 credits20-815-2913 credits20-815-2933 credits20-815-2943 credits20-815-2953 credits20-815-2963 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 credits20-801-2153 credits20-801-2163 credits20-801-2173 credits20-801-2183 credits20-801-2193 credits20-801-2203 credits20-801-2213 credits20-801-2223 credits20-801-2263 credits20-801-2273 credits20-801-2293 credits20-801-2303 credits20-801-2313 credits20-801-2323 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 Courses10-809-1663 credits20-809-2583 credits20-809-2593 credits20-809-2603 credits20-809-2614 credits20-809-2623 credits20-809-2633 credits20-809-2643 credits20-809-2663 credits20-809-2683 credits20-809-2763 creditsWorld Language 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 credits20-801-2623 credits20-801-2711 credit20-801-2721 credit20-801-2732 credits20-801-2742 credits20-810-2053 credits20-810-2063 creditsInterdisciplinary 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.Recommended Mathematics Courses20-804-2203 credits20-804-2215 credits20-804-2315 creditsAdditional 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 credits20-804-2295 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 credits20-806-2035 credits20-806-2064 credits20-806-2074 credits20-806-2084 credits20-806-2155 credits20-806-2265 credits20-806-2715 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 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 credits20-806-2564 credits20-806-2574 credits20-806-2913 credits20-806-2923 creditsSocial Science (12 credits)Required Social Science CoursesCompletion of one course from one additional discipline is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, education, history, political science, sociology, and interdisciplinary social science. Remaining credits to fulfill the requirement can be selected from any Social Science courses offered within the AA degree, including economics and psychology.Anthropology Courses20-809-2793 credits20-809-2803 credits20-809-2813 credits20-809-2833 credits20-809-2853 creditsEducationHistory 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 credits20-803-2293 credits20-803-2333 credits20-803-2343 credits20-803-2383 credits20-803-2403 credits20-803-2413 credits20-803-2423 credits20-803-2433 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 creditsSociology Courses10-809-1723 credits10-809-1973 credits20-809-2023 credits20-809-2033 credits20-809-2043 credits20-809-2073 credits20-809-2293 credits20-809-2523 credits20-809-2533 credits20-809-2553 credits20-809-2753 credits20-809-2771 credit20-809-2913 credits20-809-2931 credit20-809-2953 creditsInterdisciplinary Social Science Courses20-809-2063 credits20-809-2153 credits20-809-2304 credits20-809-2563 credits20-809-2571 credit20-809-2693 credits20-809-2943 creditsElectives (16 credits)Select any courses offered within the Liberal Arts Transfer program or from the list of additional electives below. 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). Recommended electives are listed first in the list below.20-809-2143 credits20-809-2283 credits10-007-1243 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 credits10-114-1303 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 credits10-809-1953 credits10-809-1993 credits20-804-2003 credits20-804-2021 credit20-804-3911 credit20-804-3922 credits20-804-3933 credits20-804-3941 credit20-804-3952 credits20-804-3963 credits20-806-2191 credit20-806-2621 credit20-806-2641 credit20-806-2931 credit20-806-2941 credit20-806-2953 credits20-806-3911 credit20-806-3922 credits20-806-3933 credits20-806-3942 credits20-806-3952 credits20-806-3963 credits20-809-2013 credits20-809-2103 credits20-809-2143 credits20-809-2253 credits20-809-2283 credits20-809-2333 credits20-809-2343 credits20-809-2373 credits20-809-2493 credits20-809-2571 credit20-809-2693 credits20-809-2963 credits20-809-2973 credits20-890-2003 credits20-890-2021 creditEthnic Studies (One course)Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, or Electives.20-809-2833 credits10-809-1723 credits20-801-2073 credits20-801-2123 credits20-801-2133 credits20-801-2143 credits20-801-2223 credits20-803-2143 credits20-803-2163 credits20-803-2383 credits20-803-2403 credits20-805-2293 credits20-809-2523 creditsLiterature (One Course)Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or ElectivesSee 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 courses may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or Electives.If requirement was satisfied with high school courses, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.See World Language Courses under the Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement above.
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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.
Summer 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application open
- 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 SchoolsThis 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 your associate of arts degree at Madison 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.