School of Arts and Sciences

Truax C2433
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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Liberal Arts Transfer - Economics and Pre-Business

Associate in Arts

Program number: 208001


The Economics and Pre-Business Pre-major provides Madison College students with clear pathways for transfer to several four-year colleges offering business degrees. With small class sizes, personal attention, and high-quality education that transfers, the associate of arts degree at Madison College is the on-ramp to your four-year degree in Business or Economics.

The Liberal Arts Transfer program at Madison College provides you with many options for furthering your education and completing a bachelor’s degree. Admission to the School of Business at four-year institutions is highly competitive; therefore, Madison College students are encouraged to apply to multiple transfer institutions. We have agreements and pathways with many institutions across the region. 

Students in the Economics and Pre-Business Pre-major go on to major in such fields as:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Agriculture Economics and Applied Economics
  • Business Management and Human Resources
  • Economics
  • Finance, Investment and Banking
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management (Supply Chain Management)
  • Pre-Law
  • Real Estate

Plan Your Path to Success!

To stay up to date on your progress, be sure to view your advisement report regularly!

Program Details

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

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 Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your 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 Courses

3 credits

3 credits

Public Speaking Courses

3 credits

Health/Wellness/Physical Education (1 credit)

Completion of one of the listed courses is required.

Physical Education Courses

1 credits

1 credits

1 credits

Humanities/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 Courses

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

Drama Courses

3 credits

3 credits

Film Courses

Literature Courses

Music Courses

Philosophy Courses

World Language Courses

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

3 credits

3 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

3 credits

Writing and Communication Courses

Interdisciplinary Humanities Courses

Mathematics 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 Courses

Additional Mathematics Courses

Biological Science Courses

5 credits

Physical Science Courses

3 credits

3 credits

Lab Options - Completion of one of the listed courses will satisfy the Natural Science Lab requirement.

5 credits

Social Science (12 credits)

Required Social Science Courses

Completion of one course from one additional discipline is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, 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 Courses

History Courses

Political Science Courses

Sociology Courses

Interdisciplinary Social Science Courses

Electives (16 credits)

Select any courses offered within the Liberal Arts Transfer program or from the list of additional electives below. A maximum of six Honors Project credits may also be applied (20-code courses only).

3 credits

Ethnic Studies (One course)

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

Literature (One Course)

Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or Electives

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 courses may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or Electives.

See World Language Courses under the Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement above.


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.
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