The Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts degree provides a general education coursework foundation for individuals that intend to continue their education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university. The Associate of Arts degree plan has more of a focus on Humanities and Social Science classes.

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 Arts 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 Arts 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

    After completion of the Associate of Arts program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Employ effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in diverse professional and social contexts.
    • Display quantitative reasoning skills.
    • Apply critical thinking skills.
    • Demonstrate effective use of scientific method skills across diverse settings within our physical, chemical, and biological environments.
    • Analyze social, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of our world.
    • Demonstrate an increased responsibility for self-directed learning and personal wellness.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • The following courses and credits are needed to earn a degree in this program. Actual number of courses and credits may vary based on individual needs. Each student’s Degree Completion plan varies based on academic and transfer goals – students will work with an assigned academic advisor to register for coursework each semester.

    English - 6 Credits
    10-801-136English Composition I3 credits
    20-801-223English Composition II3 credits
    Speech - 3 Credits
    10-801-198Speech3 credits
    Humanities - 12 Credits
    10-809-166Intro to Ethics3 credits
    10-809-122Intro to American Government 3 credits
    20-801-204Introduction to Literature3 credits
    20-801-217American Literature: Beg-18653 credits
    20-801-218American Literature: 1865-Present3 credits
    20-803-211US History to 1877 3 credits
    20-803-212US History 1877 to Present 3 credits
    20-815-210Art History: Renaissance to Modern3 credits
    Social Sciences - 12 Credits
    10-809-196Introduction to Sociology3 credits
    10-809-196Introduction to Psychology3 credits
    10-809-128Marriage and Family3 credits
    20-809-287Principles of Macroeconomics3 credits
    10-809-143Microeconomics3 credits
    10-809-159Abnormal Psychology3 credits
    10-809-198Developmental Psychology3 credits
    10-809-216Introduction to Education3 credits
    Mathematics & Natural Science - 10 Credits
    10-804-189Introductory Statistics3 credits
    20-804-211Quantitative Reasoning4 credits
    20-804-212College Algebra 4 credits
    20-804-229Math Analysis5 credits
    20-806-234General Biology4 credits
    20-806-209College Chemistry 15 credits
    20-806-212College Chemistry 25 credits
    20-806-207Anatomy & Physiology I4 credits
    20-806-208Anatomy & Physiology II4 credits
    20-806-215Environmental Science3 credits
    20-806-230Weather Fundamentals4 credits
    20-804-231Calculus Analalytic Geometry I5 credits
    20-804-232Calculus Analalytic Geometry 25 credits
    20-804-223University Physics 1-Calculus Based5 credits
    Health/Wellness/Physical Education - 1 Credits
    20-807-204Physical Fitness for Life1 credits
    Diversity/Ethnic Studies
    10-809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3 credits
    World Language
    20-802-211Spanish I4 credits
    20-890-201Foundations of University Transfer and Learning1 credits
    SWTC Tuition & Fees
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

  • Transfer
  • You will work with your advisor to develop a Student Success and Transfer Plan for achieving your unique goals. Our advisors are experts in helping you select the best courses to maximize your credit transfers and speed your path to a bachelor’s degree.

    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.

  • Current students: see our collaborative program for University Transfer Liberal Arts in partnership with Nicolet College.