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AA Liberal Arts

AA Liberal Arts

About the Program

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts is a degree program for students who desire a broad background and comprehensive grounding in the Arts and Humanities. As a terminal degree, it will provide students with a basic educational framework of value in a variety of fields including the arts, education, research, and business. As a transfer degree, its earned credits are the equivalent of the first two years of course work in the College of Arts and Sciences, preparing students to choose a major field. Students have the option to select no concentration, or to select a concentration in either Public Safety or Southwest Studies.

Public Safety Professionals Concentration

This program is designed for students entering a Public Safety Professional field. This degree will transfer into a baccalaureate program such as Criminal Justice or Public Policy. As a terminal degree, it brings a strong foundation to the areas such as police work, fire safety work, security and emergency management, and should serve as professional development, supporting career advancement or promotion.

A minimum of 66 credit hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. At least 15 of these 66 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence.  At least 15 of these 66 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. 

At least 20 of these 66 hours must be at the 200-level. 

Note: Not all courses transfer. Students transferring to another school should check with their advisor (at UNM–LA or at their transfer school) for transferability of any course. 

Note: No math class lower than Math 121 (except its problem section Math 107) may count towards the degree.

General Education Requirements

WRITING AND SPEAKING (9 CREDIT HOURS)

For all students the following are required (6 credit hours):

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 120: Composition III (3)

For students with no concentration: 

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 219: Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 220: Expository Writing (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)
  • PHIL 156: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3)

For students with the Public Safety concentration: 

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 219: Technical Writing (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)

MATHEMATICS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

For all students, select from the following:

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3) and MATH 107: Problems in College Algebra (1) 

or 

  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

or higher

*Note: No math class lower than Math 121 (except its corresponding problem section Math 107) may count towards this degree.

PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (7 CREDIT HOURS)

For students with no concentration: 

Select 7 hours from the following:

Select courses, one of which must include a lab, from the UNM Core Curriculum in physical and natural sciences.

For students with the Public Safety Concentration: 

Required:

  • CS 150L: Computing for Business Students (3)

Select additional 4 credit hours from the following (must take a lab):

  • CHEM 111L: Elements of General Chemistry (4)
  • BIOL 110: Biology for Non Majors (3) 

and 

  • BIOL 112L: Biology Laboratory for Non Majors (1)
  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-majors (3)

and 

  • BIOL 124L: Biology Lab for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (1)

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

For students with no concentration: 

Select 6 hours from the following:

Select courses from UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For students with Public Safety concentration: 

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • PSY 105: Introduction to Psychology (3)

HUMANITIES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

For students with no concentration:

Select 6 hours from the following:

  • AMST 186: Introduction to Southwest Studies (3)
  • CLST 107: Greek Mythology (3)
  • CLST 204: Greek Civilization (3)
  • CLST 205: Roman Civilization (3)
  • COMP 224 Literary Questions (3)
  • ENGL 150: The Study of Literature (3)
  • ENGL 292 World Literatures: Ancient World through the 16th Century (3)
  • ENGL 293: World Literatures: 17th Century through the Present (3)

Foreign Languages (M Lang) 101 or higher (3)

  • HIST 101: Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
  • HIST 102: Western Civilization Post 1648 (3)
  • HIST 161: History of the United States to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 162: History of the United States Since 1877 (3)
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 201: Greek Thought (3)
  • PHIL 202: From Descartes to Kant (3)
  • PHIL 211: Greek Philosophy (3)
  • RELG 107: Living World Religions (3)
  • RELG 263: Eastern Religions (3)
  • RELG 264: Western Religions (3)
  • UHON: University Honors at the 100- and 200-level (3)

For students with Public Safety concentration:

Select 6 hours from the following:

  • CLST 107: Greek Mythology (3)
  • AMST 186: Introduction to Southwest Studies (3)
  • HIST 101: Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
  • HIST 102: Western Civilization from 1648 (3)
  • HIST 161: History of the United States to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 162: History of the United States from 1877 (3)
  • HIST 260: History of New Mexico (3)
  • RELG 107: Living World Religions (3)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

For students with no concentration: 

Select one course from any of the 100- or 200-level non-English language offerings as specified in the UNM Core Curriculum Foreign Language.

For students with the Public Safety concentration:

Select one course from any of the 100- or 200-level non-English language offerings as specified in the UNM Core Curriculum Foreign Language.

Students are strongly encouraged to take 3 credits of Spanish.

FINE ARTS (6 CREDIT HOURS)

For all students:

Select 6 hours from the following:

  • ARTH 101: Introduction to Art (3)
  • ARTH 201: History of Art I (3)
  • ARTH 202: History of Art II (3)
  • MA 210: Introduction to Film (3)
  • MUS 139: Music Appreciation (3)
  • THEA 105: Theatre Appreciation (3)

One 3-credit hour studio course offered by the Department of Art Studio and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, or Media Arts may be taken to partially fulfill this requirement.

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 40 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES (3 CREDIT HOURS)

For all students:

Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities using the following criteria:

Students with Public Safety concentration are strongly encouraged to select from:

  • POLS 110: The Political World (3) 
  • POLS 200: American Politics (3)

GENERAL ELECTIVES (23 CREDIT HOURS) 

For students with no concentration:

Must complete 23 credit hours of academic electives number 101 or higher. A maximum of 4 credit hours of PENP are allowed. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor regarding selections. 

Note: Electives should be chosen in consultation with a UNM-LA academic advisor to develop a program for transferring to upper division programs. Not all courses transfer. Students transferring to another school should check with their advisor (at UNM-LA or their transfer school) for transferability of any course.

For students with Public Safety concentration: 

Must complete 23 credit hours of academic electives number 101 or higher. A maximum of 4 credit hours of PENP are allowed. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor regarding selections.

At least 12 of 23 hours must be selected from the following:

  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 130: Cultures of the World (3)
  • ANTH 251: Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • CJ 101L: Introduction to Communication (3)
  • CJ 225: Small Group Communication (3)
  • CJ 268: Media Theory and Influence (3)
  • ECON 105: Introductory Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON 106: Introductory Microeconomics (3)
  • EMS – any course
  • PHIL 156: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3)
  • PHIL 245: Professional Ethics
  • POLS 110: The Political World (3)
  • POLS 200: American Politics (3)
  • PSY 200: Statistical Principles (3)
  • PSY 220: Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSY 250: Topics: Stress and Stress management (1-3cr)
  • PSY 271: Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 205: Crime, Public Policy and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • SOC 211: Social Problems (3) 
  • SOC 213: Deviance (3) 
  • SOC 280: Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • Note: 200-level courses are not offered every semester. Communicate your course needs to your advisor as you approach the end of your degree program.

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 26 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 66 CREDIT HOURS