Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56 
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56

Liberal Arts, Associate of Arts

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School of Liberal Arts (LA)

Coursework in the Liberal Arts degree prepares students to draw connections across content areas, think critically and adapt to a variety of problems, and communicate solutions effectively to diverse audiences. As a stand-alone degree, students will gain and reinforce these skills, which are fundamental to the workplaces of today and of the future. For students transferring to four-year schools, the degree is designed to substantially fulfill the freshman and sophomore course requirements for completing a bachelor’s degree program in liberal arts, and the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in the areas of communication, humanities or social sciences. The degree includes a general education curriculum of 31-35 credit hours, which is accepted by many colleges and universities as the general education core for degree completion.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

The Liberal Arts degree also includes a Sustainability Certificate, for students wishing to transfer to the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Program, and a as well as a Certificate in Social Justice. The AA in Liberal Arts is designed to accommodate diverse educational interests and supports 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.

Program Requirements


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Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 60

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.

*BCIS 1110 or FUTR 1110 recommended.

Program Approved Electives

Digital Literacy Electives

Some courses in the Digital Literacy Electives may require students successfully complete BCIS 1110  or the BCIS 1110 (IT 1010) Challenge Exam prior to enrolling.

Diversity Electives

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