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CCN refers to Common Course Numbering. State legislation passed in 2017 requires that lower-division courses (formerly 100- and 200-level) share common subject codes and four-digit numbers from institution to institution when it can be determined that the courses have 80% student learning outcomes in common. The goal of CCN is to improve ease of transfer. FAQ

General Education Curriculum

By providing a base of knowledge and flexible tools for thinking, General Education curriculum empowers students to face a rapidly changing world. General Education equips students for success throughout their education and in future employment. General Education also creates a pathway to community engagement, offers an encounter with diverse human experiences, and generates personal enrichment through curiosity, learning, and tolerance. A student's major offers the opportunity to specialize in an area of specific interest and in the practices belonging to a particular field (for example, Chemistry, History, or Music). Complementing the major, General Education provides a set of strategies: communication, critical thinking, information analysis, quantitative skills, responsibility towards local and global communities. Students develop these strategies from different angles by taking one or more courses in each of the areas of the General Education curriculum: Writing and Speaking, Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Second Language, and Arts and Design. Some General Education courses involve students directly in addressing crucial problems through undergraduate research, race and social justice analysis, global awareness, community engagement, and innovation. Completing General Education early sets students up for achievement throughout their college careers by building versatile habits of mind.

All undergraduate students must complete 31 credit hours of General Education coursework, following the guidelines below. General Education consists primarily of lower-division courses (numbered at the 1000- and 2000-level). Only some of these courses fulfill a requirement within a major and only some are prerequisites to the major. Except where noted (see "Alternative Credit Options" in the Admissions section of this Catalog), students may apply AP or CLEP credit to General Education requirements.

Transfer and re-entering students receive advisement in the College and Department to which they are admitted in order to establish an appropriate program which meets their needs and the aims of the General Education curriculum. Transfer students who have demonstrated completion of all of the requirements for General Education at another higher education institution in New Mexico will not be required to fulfill General Education requirements at UNM, unless they opt to do so. Transfer students who have not completed all of the requirements for General Education at another higher education institution in New Mexico will need to follow the University of New Mexico requirements for General Education listed here. The University recognizes that minor substitutions or exceptions, handled on a Department and College basis, may be necessary to accommodate specific student needs.

The three-credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion undergraduate degree requirement is independent from General Education curriculum requirements and is fulfilled through completion of an approved University of New Mexico course (some courses in the General Education curriculum may also fulfill the U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement). Completion of this University requirement is mandatory for all undergraduate students, including transfer students. See the "U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion Requirement" section of this page for more information.

The General Education curriculum requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of courses in the following areas of study:

1. Writing and Speaking (6 credit hours): English 1120, plus an additional course chosen from Communication 1130; English 2120, 2210; Philosophy 1120; University Honors 201. Students who do not place into English 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite English 1110 (or the equivalent English 1110Y or English 1110Z) to help fulfill Area 8 requirements (see below).

2. Mathematics and Statistics (3 credit hours): One course at the appropriate level determined by placement: Mathematics 1117, 1130, 1220, 1240, 1250, 1350, 1430, 1440, 1512, 1522; University Honors 202. 

3. Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credit hours): One course and, where applicable, the related laboratory: Anthropology 1170 and 1170L, 1175 and 1175L, 1211 and 1211L; Astronomy 1115 and 1115L; Biology 1110 and 1110L, 1140 and 1140L; Chemistry 1110, 1120C, 1215 and 1215L, 1225 and 1225L, 131, 132; Computer Science 108L; Geography 1160 and 1160L; Geology 1110 and 1110L, 1120 and 1120L, 2110C; Natural Science 1110, 1120, 2110; Physics 1110, 1115 and 1115L, 1125 and 1125L, 1230 and 1230L, 1240 and 1240L, 1310 and 1310L, 1320 and 1320L; University Honors 203. 

4. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours): Africana Studies 1120; American Studies 1110, 1140; Anthropology 1115, 1140, 1155, 2175; Chicana and Chicano Studies 1110; Community and Regional Planning 181; Economics 2110, 2120; Engineering 200; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520; Geography 1165, 217; Linguistics 2110; Mechanical Engineering 217; Political Science 1120, 1140, 2110, 2120; Psychology 1110; Public Health 101, 102; Sociology 1110, 2315; University Honors 204. 

5. Humanities (3 credit hours): Africana Studies 1110; American Studies 1150; Chicana and Chicano Studies 2110; Classics 1110, 2110, 2120; Comparative Literature 224; English 1410, 2650, 2660; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520; Geography 1175; History 1110, 1120, 1150, 1160, 1170, 1180; Modern Language 1110; Native American Studies 1150; Philosophy 1115, 2210, 2225; Religion 1110, 2110, 2120; University Honors 121, 122, 205. 

6. Second Language (3 credit hours): A second language course chosen from offerings in the Departments of English, Linguistics, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese. Students will follow departmental guidelines on placement in the appropriate language course level. Languages regularly offered at UNM include: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, English (for qualified students who learned English as a second language), Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Navajo, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

7. Arts and Design (3 credit hours): One course chosen from the following courses: Architecture 1120; Art History 1120, 2110, 2120; Dance 1110; Fine Art 284; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520, 2110; Music 1120, 1130; Theatre 1110; University Honors 207. Alternatively, students may elect to take one 3-credit hour studio course offered by the Departments of Art, Cinematic Arts, Music, or Theatre and Dance to fulfill this requirement. Completion of prerequisites for the studio course is required as necessary.

8. Student Choice (6 credit hours): two additional General Education courses chosen from two different Areas (1-7). Students who do not place into English 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite English 1110 (or the equivalent English 1110Y or English 1110Z) to help fulfill Area 8 requirements.

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GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM—2019 (preliminary)