The Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts degree provides a concentration on social sciences and humanities. It also provides a foundation if you intend to continue your education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university. It does this by offering Liberal Arts courses equal to those found in the first two years of a four-year degree.

By completing this degree, you have the benefit of a degree-to-degree transfer, where universities grant junior status and waive specific lower division requirements. These may include general degree requirements and individual courses taken at Southwest Tech.

  • Overview
  • Transfer Credits
    To Southwest Tech

    Transfer into SWTC

    If you previously attended another college or university, you may be able to transfer credits towards your Associate of Arts degree.

    Transfer Southwest Tech Credits
    To A University

    Transfer into SWTC

    Students can transfer individual courses, or their completed University Transfer Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts degree.

    Affordable and Close to Home

    Students enrolled in Associate of Arts program courses can save thousands of dollars by taking classes at a significantly lower cost per credit!

    Diverse Educational Paths

    Associate of Arts graduates go on to earn bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of disciplines:

    • Business (management, marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, economics)
    • Communication (English, journalism, mass media)
    • Education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, physical)
    • Fine Arts (art, music, theatre)
    • History
    • International Studies
    • Literature
    • Public Relations
    • Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, social work, geography, geology, political science)

    Is Associate Of Science For You?

    If you are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree and want the convenience of Southwest Tech’s small class sizes, one-on-one attention, and save thousands of dollars by taking classes close to home, the Associate of Science degree may be a great fit for you.

  • Program Outcomes
  • University Transfer and Liberal Arts Mission

    The University Transfer Liberal Arts Program provides a foundation for students who intend to continue their education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university. This is accomplished by offering Liberal Arts courses equal to those found in the first two years of a four-year degree. Students who complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree have the benefit of a degree-to-degree transfer, and universities grant junior status and waive specific lower division requirements. For students who do not pursue a baccalaureate degree, the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees signify acquisition of diverse skills and knowledge valued in current work environments.

    Program Outcomes

    • Employ effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in diverse professional and social contexts
    • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills
    • Demonstrate critical thinking skills
    • Demonstrate effective use of scientific method skills in a variety of contexts
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of our world
    • Demonstrate a heightened awareness of our physical, chemical, and biological environment
    • Demonstrate an increased responsibility for self-directed learning and personal wellness
  • Tuition
  • SWTC Tuition & Fees
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

  • Transfer
  • Our Partners:

    Lakeland University

    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.

    Lakeland University Transfers Page

    UW Platteville

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College students who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree on or after April 25, 2023, will be accepted into the 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. Transferring to UW-Platteville with an AA/AS from SWTC will ensure students have met

    1. Junior status, as long as there are 60 credits of non-remedial transfer credits from the students AA/AS coursework
    2. Students have met all university general education requirements with the exception of Ethnic and Gender Studies requirements, unless this requirement is satisfied by the coursework taken at SWTC.
    UW Platteville Transfers Page
  • Career Opportunities
  • Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Degree Plan
  • English (6 credits):

    • English Compostition I
    • English Compostition II

    Speech (3 credits):

    Humanities (12 credits):

    • Courses may include: history, literature, philosophy, world language

    Social Science (12 credits):

    • Courses may include: economics, political science, history, psychology, sociology

    Mathematics & Natural Sciences (10 credits):

    • Students minimally complete Statistics or Quantitative Reasoning
    • Courses may include: biology, chemistry, geography, geology, and physics.

    World Language:

    • May be met with 1 year high school (C or better) or 1 college semester.

    Health/Wellness/PE (1 credit)

    Diversity & Ethnic Studies

    • Typically fulfilled through Social Sciences coursework.

    Electives (16 credits)

    • Select any college transfer courses beyond the minimum requirements.
  • Current students: see our collaborative program for University Transfer Liberal Arts in partnership with Nicolet College.