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.

Prefix Title Credits
Requirements
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Special Topics1-3
Select one from the following:4
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
Physical Geology4
ANTH 1140GIntroduction to Cultural Anthropology3
GEOG 1120GWorld Regional Geography3
or GEOG 1130G Human Geography
Grants Required Course
BCIS 1110Introduction to Information Systems3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Local History Requirements
HIST 2110Survey of New Mexico History3
HIST 2996Special Topics1-3
Electives
Select at least one from the following:3-4
Indigenous Peoples of the American Southwest3
Special Topics1-3
Introduction to Literature
and World Literature I
6
Special Topics1-3
Introduction to Navajo Studies3
Elementary Navajo I4
Spanish I
and Spanish II
8
Spanish III
and Spanish IV
6
Total Credits33-37

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap is only a suggested plan of study in order to complete this Certificate in two semesters. It is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. Students are advised to earn a C or better to avoid repeating courses. This plan presumes the student is ready for ENGL 1110 and MATH 1215 as determined by the English and Math Placement test, an ACT score, or passing the prerequisite course.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
OECS 105
Introduction to Information Technology
or Introduction to Information Systems
3
HIST 2110 Survey of New Mexico History 3
 Credits17
Spring
ASTR 1115G
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)
or Physical Geology
4
GEOG 1120G
World Regional Geography
or Human Geography
3
HIST 2996 Special Topics 1-3
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
ANTH 1140G Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Elective from Certificate list 3-4
 Credits17-20
 Total Credits34-37

Three semester Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
OECS 105
Introduction to Information Technology
or Introduction to Information Systems
3
 Credits14
Spring
HIST 2110 Survey of New Mexico History 3
ASTR 1115G
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)
or Physical Geology
4
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
ANTH 1140G Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
 Credits13
Second Year
Fall
HIST 2996 Special Topics 1-3
GEOG 1120G
World Regional Geography
or Human Geography
3
Elective from Certificate list 3-4
 Credits7-10
 Total Credits34-37