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Associate in Arts (A.A.) Online – Accelerated (2019-2020)

Four-Year College/University Transfer Program
Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Program Code: 20-800-1

For Information: 414-297-6584


Overview — The Associate in Arts Online – Accelerated degree provides students with the first two years of bachelor’s degree credit courses that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities. You can complete this degree entirely online and in one year of full-time study through five sessions.

A session lasts seven or eight weeks. The degree also can be completed in more time, per the student’s schedule.

The courses in this degree emphasize the humanities and allow students many options to analyze information, think critically and creatively, respect diversity and collaborate with others. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year college/university regarding specific requirements for a major. Contact an MATC advisor for information. Also see the Four-Year College/University Transfer Agreements section of matc.edu.

Career Outlook — Many professional occupations require a bachelor's degree. With this Associate in Arts degree, students can transition into most four-year programs with junior standing to pursue a bachelor's.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Effective Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Global Awareness
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Scientific Method

Full description of each Program Learning Outcome is listed below, after the curriculum requirements.

Admission Requirement

  • A high school diploma or GED  


Related Programs
Associate in Arts - Community Engagement: Pre-Major
Associate in Arts - Global Studies: Pre-Major
Associate in Arts - Teacher Education: Pre-Major
Associate in Science


Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 


Quin 1: Fall term, first session Credits
ENG-201 English 1‡ 3
PHYED-210 An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness
ECON-201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
HIST-211 America Through 1877 3
Quin 2: Fall term, second session    
SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication 3
ECON-202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PSYCH-231 Introduction to Psychology 3
Quin 3:  Spring term, third session
ENG-202 English 2 ‡ 3
MATH-200 Intermediate Algebra ‡ 4
FLANG-202 Spanish 1 (This requirement may be waived if the student has successfully completed four high school semesters of the same foreign language with a grade of C or higher; the four waived credits must be made up by another 200-level course. Students may earn retroactive credit and credit by exam. Strongly recommended:Take two semesters of the same language if not already taken in high school.) 4

HIST-212 America Since 1877 3

Quin 4:

Spring term, fourth session                             



American National Government and Politics Today



Understanding Art



Earth Science



Earth  Science  Laboratory    


Valuing Diversity

Summer term: fifth session


Choose any 200-level Natural Sciences (NATSCI) course



Additional 9 credits required


Choose primarily from 200-level courses. A maximum of six credits of 100-level courses may be selected as electives. Additional foreign language is not required but is recommended.


Successful completion of this Associate in Arts degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.

‡ Prerequisite required.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Important: Consult the four-year college or university you plan to attend regarding transferability of selected courses.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes (full description)

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce.  The Associate of Arts requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing humanities and social sciences.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AA degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - Students will be able to communicate with different audiences by:
    • Being able to synthesize and organize information for diverse audiences
    • Actively listening in personal and professional relationships
    • Reading and comprehending written materials in content areas

    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.

  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.

   This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.

  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.

   This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.

  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.

   This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.

  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.     

   This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

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, etc.

Page updated April 2019.