Southwest Heritage Studies - Certificate

33-37 Credits

The Certificate in Southwest Heritage Studies will prepare students for service in local museums, parks, visitor centers, historical centers, and cultural facilities to work as interpreters, tour guides, docents, technicians, or in any other capacity. The certificate also will enhance employment prospects for local students applying to hotel front desks, restaurants, travel agencies, realtors, retail outlets and other businesses with a tourist clientele. The curriculum focuses on New Mexico’s rich cultural and natural heritage. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of local culture and tourist attractions which will improve their ability to communicate with a diverse public. The capstone event is either an internship with a local tourist-oriented center or an independent study requiring students to visit at least 10 local tourist sites as well as web sites of other major attractions.

This Certificate is 100% embedded in, and leads to, the Associate of Arts at NMSU Grants.

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
Area III: Lab Sciences
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Special Topics1-3
Select one from the following:4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Area IV: Social Sciences
ANTH 125GIntroduction to World Cultures3
or ANTH 203G Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology
GEOG 112GWorld Regional Geography3
or GEOG 120G Culture and Environment
Grants Required Course
C S 110Computer Literacy3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Local History Requirements
HIST 261New Mexico History3
HIST 269Special Topics1-3
Select at least one from the following:3-4
Native Peoples of the American Southwest3
Special Topics1-3
Perspectives on Literature
and Literature and Culture
Special Topics1-3
Introduction to Navajo Studies3
Elementary Navajo I4
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
Total Credits33-37