Reviewed and/or Updated on: May 10, 2017

General Education

General Education in the Wisconsin Technical College System provides a core of knowledge that imparts the common skills, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that every educated person should possess. General Education courses within the Wisconsin Technical College System are offered to support occupational programming and they are selected from the areas of Communication (both oral and written), Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. All sixteen of our technical colleges offer General Education courses at the aid code 10 level to support the AAS (Associate in Applied Science) or the AAA (Associate in Applied Arts) degrees. Currently, there are 68 courses approved for system-wide use as General Education courses. Courses may be added to the list using the approval process (forms available below).  In addition, courses may be selected for annual reviews to maintain rigor and applicability.

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Currently five Wisconsin Technical College System Districts are authorized to award the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) of Liberal Arts Degree: Madison College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Western Technical College.

These programs provide the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate college education. The AA (Associate of Arts) degree generally includes more courses focused on humanities, history, and the social and behavioral sciences. The AS (Associated of Science) degree focuses more of its courses in the math and sciences areas.

“The Essential Standards of Quality for Liberal Studies Transfer Programs” document describes the framework that ensures students have a cohesive education experience while cultivating knowledge, developing skills, and providing dispositions essential for independent learning and thinking associated with the liberal arts degree. These components form the basis of WTCS’s liberal studies programs.

Colleges currently offering the Liberal Arts degrees
  • Madison College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Nicolet Area Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Western Technical College



Date Modified

File Type

Role of General Education in the AAA-AAS Degrees 03/28/17 PDF File
Systemwide Gen Ed Course List 03/28/17 PDF File
Process to Add Gen Ed courses to Systemwide List 03/28/17 PDF File
Suggested Form to Propose Adding Course 03/28/17 Word File
Universal Transfer Agreement with UWS 2014 03/28/17 PDF File
FAQ for the Universal Transfer Agreement 03/28/17 PDF File
Essential Standards of Quality 2013 03/28/17 PDF File
2018 Common Ground Faculty Conference Request for Presentations 03/22/18 Word File