School of Arts and Sciences

Truax C2433
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6246

onday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Transfer - Arts

Associate in Arts

Program number: 208001-A


With small class sizes, personal attention and high-quality education that transfers, Madison College is the on-ramp to your four-year degree.

The Associate of 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.

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Program Details

Students earning the Liberal Arts Transfer Associate of Arts Degree can attend full or part time.

Liberal Arts Transfer Associate of Arts Degree classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Portions of this program are offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements. There is also an online and/or accelerated verson of this program with additional admission requirements

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

English and Speech (9 credits)

Six credits must be in composition - English 1 and one other composition course (English 2 recommended) - and three credits must be in public speaking.

Composition Courses

3 credits

3 credits

Public Speaking Courses

3 credits

Health/Wellness/Physical Education (1 credit)

1 credits

1 credits

1 credits

Humanities/Fine Arts (15 credits)

Courses must be from at three disciplines; one course in literature is required. Select from art appreciation/history, creative writing, drama, film, literature, communications, music history or theory, philosophy, and world languages. A maximum of three credits of studio/hands-on courses in art, creative writing, drama, and music may be applied.

Art History/Appreciation Courses - Studio/Hands-on

3 credits

Mathematics and Natural Science (11 credits)

Intermediate Algebra meets the minimum requirement in mathematics. Select one biological science and one physical science; one of the science courses must include a laboratory.

Social Science (15 credits)

Select from at least three disciplines: anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and interdisciplinary social science.

Electives (13 credits)

Select college transfer courses beyond the minimum requirements. A maximum of one credit of a physical education activity course may be selected.

Ethnic Studies

One course required. Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, or Electives.

World Languages

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.


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.

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