Jul 31, 2021  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Liberal Arts, Associate of Arts

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts is both a stand-alone degree and a transfer degree. For students transferring to four-year schools, it covers the curriculum needed for the first two years of baccalaureate study. The degree includes a general education curriculum of 35-38 credit hours, which is accepted by all New Mexico state colleges and universities as the general education core for degree completion.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Special Requirements

Students may also choose to complete an Associate of Arts in a particular discipline or field of study. Students then follow the transfer pathway in that area so they can smoothly transfer into a major at UNM. Transfer degrees offered include Anthropology, Communication, Criminology, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Liberal Arts serves as home to the General honors program, which transfers to the University of New Mexico’s General Honors program. General Honors (GNHN) and general studies topics courses numbered between 1096-1996 or 2096-2996 may be used as electives in the Liberal Arts degree. Depending on the courses selected, the program includes classroom, studio, and laboratory instruction, with the option for distance learning for many classes. The Liberal Arts degree also includes a Sustainability Emphasis, for students wishing to transfer to the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Program. The AA in Liberal Arts is designed to accommodate diverse educational interests, with courses taught in the day, in the evening, and on weekends. The Liberal Arts courses also support the program requirements of other CNM academic schools.

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time.
  • This educational option can be started: Any term.
  • Primary course location: Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside Campuses; many AA degree courses are available online.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Term 3

Term 4

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts 60-61 credit hours

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to transfer to a four-year school. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four-year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

Sustainability Transfer Track

Students seeking the Sustainability Minor at UNM are encouraged to take a combination of the following classes up to 15 credits, including SUST 1134  to complete the lower division requirements for the Minor.*

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