CNM Online Liberal Arts AA Degree

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Designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year schools, the CNM Online Liberal Arts AA degree substantially fulfills the freshman and sophomore year course requirements for completing a bachelor’s degree program in Liberal Arts, as well as the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in the areas of Communication, Humanities, or Social Sciences. This degree's general education curriculum is accepted for transfer by many colleges and universities throughout New Mexico. 

Throughout this program, you'll gain and reinforce fundamental skills that are relevant to today’s workplace as well as the workplace of the future. An associate degree in Liberal Arts opens you to many rewarding careers in a variety of fields, such as Art, Communications, History, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Writing.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will: 

  • Have met the associate of arts degree general education outcomes.
  • Be able to transfer to a four-year program to continue studies toward a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.
  • Identify and critically consider multiple perspectives, concepts, problems, and/or techniques.
  • Demonstrate mastery by evaluating, analyzing, interpreting, synthesizing, and organizing ideas, content, and/or formulas.
  • Produce communication appropriate to the audience, situation, venue, and/or context.

Required Coursework

CNM Online degree programs consist of two 7-week terms per semester. It is recommended that full-time students take six credit hours per term, for a total of 12 credit hours per semester. The following classes are listed in an order recommended by CNM Online program directors. 

Courses from other accredited institutions can be transferred and used to earn your degree. CNM Online Associate degrees transfer to participating four-year colleges in the State of New Mexico. Some restrictions apply.

Liberal Arts Program Requirements 

BCIS 1110 - Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems - 3 credit hours

You will examine systems and their impact on commerce, education, and personal activities, as well as the utilization of productivity tools for communications, data analysis, information management, and decision-making. 

COMM 1130 - Public Speaking - 3 credit hours 

This course introduces the theory and fundamental principles of public speaking, emphasizing audience analysis, reasoning, the use of evidence, and effective delivery. Students will study principles of communication theory and rhetoric and apply them in the analysis, preparation, and presentation of speeches, including informative, persuasive, and impromptu speeches.


COMM 2120 - Interpersonal Communication - 3 credit hours 

This course provides an introduction to the study of interpersonal communication. You will examine the application of interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships.

ENGL 1110 - Composition I - 3 credit hours

In this course, you will develop reading and writing skills that will help with the writing required in their fields of study and other personal and professional contexts. Students will learn to analyze rhetorical situations in terms of audience, contexts, purpose, mediums, and technologies and apply this knowledge to their reading and writing.

ENGL 1120 - Composition II - 3 credit hours - Prerequisite: ENGL 1110

You will explore argument in multiple genres. Research and writing practices emphasize summary, analysis, evaluation, and integration of secondary sources. The emphasis of this course will be on research methods.

Liberal Arts Program Electives 

Students in the CNM Online Liberal Arts Program must complete: 

  • Three credit hours of program-approved electives and three credit hours of Arts and Sciences electives
  • An additional 12 credit hours of program-approved electives or 12 credit hours of Arts and Sciences electives. 

Visit the CNM Online Coursework page to view a list of the courses that can be used as CNM Online Liberal Arts Program electives. 

Please speak with your advisor about additional options. Not all courses listed are offered every semester and some have pre or corequisites that need to be completed.  

General Education Core Requirements

Creative and Fine Arts Requirement - 3 credit hours

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Humanities Requirement - 8 credit hours

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Laboratory Science Requirement (Lab Required) - 8 credit hours

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Mathematics Requirement - 3 credit hours

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Modern Language Elective - 4 credit hours

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Social and Behavioral Science Requirement - 3 credit hours

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