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 General Education Requirements.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
or ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Oral Communication
COMM 1130GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
Area II: Mathematics
Select one course from Area II: Mathematics 1, 2, 33-4
Areas III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Select one course from Area III: Laboratory Science (4 credits) 1
Select one course from Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) 1
Select one course from either Area III or Area IV. (3-4 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities
Select one course from Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Select one course from Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
Select one course from any General Education area. 13-4
Core Degree Requirements
FYEX 1110First-year Seminar1
BCIS 1110Introduction to Information Systems3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Electives to bring total credits to 60. 522-24
Recommended Second Language Elective
Select any 1110-1120 Second Language sequence offered at NMSU campuses. 4
Total Credits60

A Suggested Plan of Study

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FYEX 1110 First-year Seminar 1
BCIS 1110
Introduction to Information Systems
or Introduction to Information Technology
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Recommended Second Language Elective 2 4
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
Recommended Second Language Elective 2 4
Second Year
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts Course 1 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3 3
General Education Elective (choose from any area) 1 3-4
Either an Area III: Labortory Science or Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3-4
Elective 3 3
Elective 3 3
 Total Credits60