Program Description

The program combines course work in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. These areas of learning cultivate skills that help students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills. Through this broad well-rounded curriculum, students learn effective writing and verbal communication, problem solving and analytical thinking skills. At its core, the degree is designed to fulfill the first two years of a bachelor's degree.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The degree will provide students with a basic educational framework of value in a variety of fields including the arts, research and business. Graduates from the program might go on to careers in public policy, mass media, city planning, business, journalism, publishing, education, sales and marketing, government, communications, museum work, or entertainment. Completion of this degree will enable students to continue studies at UNM-Main Campus (or most 4-year institutions), leading to a bachelor's degree in areas such as: Anthropology, Classics, Communications, Criminology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology or Women Studies.


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of arts in liberal arts degree program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505.925.8600.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215, or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y, and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239+ (A & F)/22+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
3
Select an additional course from the following: COMM 1130, ENGL 2120, ENGL2210, PHIL 1120.
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 1220 (College Algebra), MATH 1130 (A Survey of Mathematics), or MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
General Electives (29 credits)
Select a minimum of 29 credits of electives from any academic field.

Concentrations

English: 29 elective credits, 15 of which are English courses.                                                                                       Sociology: 29 elective credits, 15 of which are Sociology courses.                                                                              Psychology: 29 elective credits, 15 of which are Psychology courses.                                                                           History: 29 elective credits, 15 of which are History courses.                                                                               Liberal Arts: 29 elective credits.

 

A minimum of 12 credit hours must be at the 200+ level.

Total required (60 credits)