Arts - Associate of Arts

Since approximately half of the requirements for the Associate of Arts are met with elective courses, it is recommended that students plan these electives to meet other requirements for their bachelor’s degree, such as the second language requirement or specific requirements within the major.

A grade of C- or better is required in each course that fulfills the New Mexico Common Core Requirements.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Area II: Mathematics
Select any course from the Mathematics/Algebra area of the NM Common Core list. 1, 23-4
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select any two courses from the Laboratory Science area of the NM Common Core list. 18
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select two to three courses from different disciplines in the Social/Behavioral area of the NM Common Core list. 1, 36-9
Area V: Humanities/Fine Art
Select two to three courses from different disciplines in the Humanities/Fine Arts area of the NM Common Core list. 1, 36-9
Recommended Second Language Elective
Select any 111-112 Second Language sequence offered at NMSU campuses. 48
Additional Requirements
COLL 101College/Life Success1
C S 110Computer Literacy3
Select additional elective credits to bring total credits to 60.12
Total Credits60

A full list of NM Common Core Classes can be found in the General Information section of this catalog.


Student’s subsequent transfer degree major should guide the selection of the math course.


 Select a total of five courses between the Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Humanities/Fine Arts.


See your advisor for exact number of second language credits your selected major may require. Almost all College of Arts and Sciences majors required at least two semesters of a language; some require four semesters. New Mexico State University recommends that students take their language requirements as soon as possible and in sequence. See your advisor or the NMSU catalog for exceptions to the language requirements.