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General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others; thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. General education courses at NMSU can be identified by the G suffix.

The New Mexico General Education Common Core are designated general education courses guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public college or university. A complete list of approved courses can be found on the New Mexico Higher Education Department web site at The current approved NMSU courses are listed below under each of the five general education areas:

AREA I: COMMUNICATIONS (Select 9-10 credits one from each sub group)

English Composition - Level 1

ENGL 111G, Rhetoric and Composition 4
ENGL 111GH, Rhetoric and Composition, Honors 4
SPCD 111G, Advanced ESL Composition 4

English Composition - Level 2

ENGL 203G, Business and Professional Communication 3
ENGL 211G, Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
ENGL 218G, Technical and Scientific Communication 3
ENGL 311G, Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 318G, Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 3

Oral Communication

AXED 201G, Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations.. 3
COMM 253G, Public Speaking 3
COMM 265G, Principles of Human Communication 3
HON 265G, Principles of Human Communication- Honors 3


A ST/STAT 251G, Statistics for Business and Behavioral Sciences. 3
HON 210G, The Accidental Mathematician 3
MATH 112G, Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II 3
MATH 121G, College Algebra 3
MATH 142G, Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences.. 3
MATH 190G, Trigonometry and Precalculus 3
MATH 191G/MATH 191GL, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 3
MATH 192/MATH 192GL, Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 3
MATH 210G, Math Appreciation 3
MATH 291G, Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 3
MATH/HON 275G, Spirit and Evolution of Mathematics 3
STAT 271G, Statistics for Psychological Sciences 3


AGRO/HORT 100G, Introductory Plant Science 4
ANTH 130G/ANTH130GL, Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to
Biological Anthropology
ASTR 105G, The Planets 4
ASTR 110G, Introduction to Astronomy 4
BIOL 101G/101GL, Human Biology 4
BIOL 110G, Contemporary Problems in Biology 4
BIOL 111G/111GL, Natural History of Life 4
BIOL 211G/211GL, Cellular and Organismal Biology 4
C S 171G,Introduction to Computer Sciences 4
CHEM 110G, Principles and Applications of Chemistry 4
CHEM 111G, General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112G, General Chemistry II 4
E S 110G, Introductory Environmental Science 4
GEOG 111G, Geography of the Natural Environment 4
GEOL 111G, Survey of Geology 4
GEOL 212G, The Dynamic Earth 4
HNFS 164G, Introduction to Food Science Technology 4
HNDS 263G, Food Science I 4
HON 205G, Life, Energy, and Evolution 4
HON 219G, Earth, Time, and Life 4
PHYS 110G, Great Ideas of Physics 4
PHYS 120G, Introduction to Acoustics 4
PHYS 211G/211GL, General Physics I 4
PHYS 212G/212GL, General Physics II 4
PHYS 215G/215GL , Engineering Physics I 4
PHYS 216G/216GL , Engineering Physics II 4
PHYS 221G, General Physics for Life Sciences 3
PHYS 222G, General Physics for Life Sciences II 3


AG E 210G/HNFS 210G, Survey of Food and Agriculture Issues 3
ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors 3
ANTH 125G, Introductions to World Cultures 3
ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology 3
ANTH 202G, Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 203G, Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology 3
C EP 110G, Human Growth and Behavior 3
C J 101G, Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ECON 201G, Introduction to Economics 3
ECON 251G, Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 252G, Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 112G, World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 120G, Culture and Environment 3
GOVT 100G, American National Government 3
GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Sciences 3
GOVT 150G, American Political Issues 3
GOVT 160G, International Political Issues 3
HL S 150G, Personal Health and Wellness 3
HON 203G, Understanding the Science of Human Behavior 3
HON 232G, The Human Mind 3
HON 235G, The World of Anthropology 3
HON 237G, Archaeology: Search for the Past 3
HON 248G, The Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues 3
HON 249G, American Politics in a Changing World 3
JOUR 105G, Media and Society 3
LING 200G Introduction to Language 3
PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems 3
S WK 221G Introduction to Social Welfare 3
W S 201G, Introduction to Women's Studies 3
W S 202G, Representing Women Across Cultures 3


ART 101G, Orientation in Art 3
ART 110G, Visual Concepts 3
ART 295G, Introduction to Art History I 3
ART 296G, Introduction to Art History II 3
DANC 101G, Dance Appreciation 3
ENGL 115G, Perspectives on Literature 3
ENGL 116G, Perspectives on Film 3
ENGL 220G, Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture 3
HIST 101G, Roots of Modern Europe 3
HIST 102G, Modern Europe 3
HIST 110G, Making History 3
HIST 111G, Global History to 1500 3
HIST 112G, Global History Since 1500 3
HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History 3
HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History 3
HIST 211G, East Asia to 1600 3
HIST 212G, East Asia Since 1600 3
HIST 221G, Islamic Civilizations to 1800 3
HIST 222G, Islamic Civilizations Since 1800 3
HON 208G, Music in Time and Space 3
HON 216G, Encounters with Art 3
HON 220G, The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern 3
HON 221G, Seeking the Way: Spirit and Intellect in Premodern China 3
HON 222G, Foundations of Western Culture 3
HON 225G, History of Ethics 3
HON 226G, Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Truth 3
HON 227G, Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy 3
HON 228G, Religion and the State 3
HON 229G, The New Testament as Literature 3
HON 230G, Bamboo and Silk: The Fabric of Chinese Literature 3
HON 234G, The Worlds of Arthur 3
HON 239G, Medieval Understandings: Literature and Culture in the Middle Ages 3
HON 241G, Telling American Stories: Society and Culture in Early America 3
HON 242G, Claiming an American Past 3
HON 244G, Masterpieces of World Literature 3
HON 270G, Theatre: Beginnings to Broadway 3
MUS 101G, Introduction to Music 3
MUS 201G, History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures 3
PHIL 100G, Philosophy, Law and Ethics 3
PHIL 101G, The Art of Wondering 3
PHIL 124G, Philosophy of Music 3
PHIL 136G, The Quest for God 3
PHIL 201G, Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 211G, Informal Logic 3
PHIL 223G, Ethics 3
THTR 101G, Introduction to Theater 3

Alternatives for Meeting General Education Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as General Education courses, will have met the general education requirements for that subject area. For example, a student may complete ART 150, 155 and 156 (9 hours) and thereby satisfy one course from the Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts category, even though none of those courses carries a G suffix. Please check with the office of the college associate dean or with college advisors.


Viewing a Wider World fosters intelligent inquiry, abstract logical thinking, critical analysis and the integration and synthesis of knowledge; it strives for literacy in writing, reading, speaking, and listening; it teaches mathematical structures, acquainting students with precise abstract thought about numbers and space; it encourages an understanding of science and scientific inquiry; it provides a historical consciousness, including an understanding of ones own heritage as well as respect for other peoples and cultures; it includes an examination of values and stresses the importance of a carefully considered values system; it fosters an appreciation of the arts; and general education provides the breadth necessary to have a familiarity with the various branches of human understanding. All VWW courses can be identified by the V suffix.

Prior to graduating, NMSU students are required to take two courses from the Viewing a Wider World list in the Undergraduate Catalog. These courses are upper-division (300-400 level) General Education courses and should be taken in a students junior and/or senior year. One of the two courses must be in a college other than their own. The other course may be taken within their home college, but this course (1) must be in a different department from their major department; (2) must not be cross-listed with a course in their home department; and (3) cannot be counted as one of the requirements for the students major.

These courses strongly emphasize the international character and multicultural influences in the fields of study and strengthen information retrieval skills. One of the courses (3 credits) can be replaced by study abroad experience, consisting of at least four weeks of a Study Abroad program or university coursework in a foreign country earning 3 credits.

NOTE: This list is under continuous revision. Please check with the office of the college associate dean or with college advisors for additional eligible courses.


AG E/GEOG 315V, World Agriculture and Food Problems 3
AG E/HORT 330V/HON 430V, Organic Fall Vegetable Production 3
AG E/HORT 331V/HON 430V, Organic Spring Vegetable Production (s) 3
AG E/ECON 337V, Natural Resource Economics 3
AG E /ECON 384V, Water Resource Economics 3
AG E 445V, Agricultural Policy 3
AGRO 303V, Genetics and Society 3
ANSC 312V 3
ANSC 351V, Agricultural Animals of the World 3
AXED 466V, John Muir: Lessons in Sustainability 3
EPWS 325V, Humans, Insects, and the Environment 3
EPWS 380V, Ecosystem Earth: The Impact of Human Activities 3
FCS 449V, Family Ethnicities and Subcultures 3
HORT/RGSC 302V, Forestry and Society 3
RGSC/HORT 302V, Forestry and Society 3


ANTH 305V, Contemporary Native Americans 3
ANTH 306V, Peoples of Latin America 3
ANTH/HIST/SOC 330V, Introduction to Religious Studies 3
ANTH 357V, Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 360V, Food and Culture Around the World 3
ANTH/SOC 361V, Social Issues in Rural America 3
ASTR 301V, Revolutionary Ideas in Science 3
ASTR 305V, The Search for Life in the Universe 3
ASTR/HON 308V, Into the Final Frontier 3
ASTR/HON 330V, Planetary Exploration 3
CHEM 310V, Chemistry and Society 3
C J 440V, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
ENGL/THTR 321V, Modern European Drama 3
ENGL 325V, Contemporary International Literature 3
ENGL 327V, Shakespeare around the Globe 3
ENGL 328V, Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy 3
ENGL 335V, Studies in the Novel 3
ENGL 339V, Chicano Literature 3
ENGL 341V, American Indian Literature 3
ENGL/W S 380V, Women Writers 3
ENGL 390V, The Arthurian Tradition 3
ENGL 392V, Mythology 3
ENGL 394V, Southwestern Literature 3
FREN 365V, Perspectives in French Culture 3
GEOG/AG E 315V, World Agriculture and Food Problems 3
GEOG 325V, New Mexico and the American West 3
GEOG 328V, Geography of Latin America 3
GEOG 331V, Europe 3
GEOG 361V, Economic Geography 3
GEOG 363V, Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 365V, Urban Geography 3
GEOL 305V, Fossils and the Evolution of Life 3
GEOL 315V, The Geology of National Parks 3
GEOL 335V, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civilizations Past and Present 3
GER 333V, German Culture through Cinema 3
GOVT 380V, Contemporary World Political Ideologies 3
GPHY 340V, Planet Earth 3
HIST 301V, Origins of Modern Science 3
HIST 302V, Science in Modern Society 3
HIST 303V, History of Technology 3
HIST 311V, Colonial Latin America 3
HIST 312V, Modern Latin America 3
HIST 355V, The American West in Popular Culture 3
HIST 359V, Latin America and the United States: Uneasy Neighbors 3
HIST 366V, British Imperialism 3
HIST/GOVT/GEOG 374V, Urban Geography 3
HIST 381V, Early Russia 3
HIST 382V, Modern Russia 3
HIST 390V, The Holocaust 3
JOUR 377V, Mass Media Ethics 3
LING 302V, Language and Society 3
MATH/HON 411V, Great Theorems: The Art of Mathematics 3
PHIL 323V, Engineering Ethics 3
PHYS 301V, Photonics 3
PHYS 303V, Energy and Society in the New Millennium 3
PHYS 305V, The Search for Water in the Solar System 3
PSY 417V, Intercultural Relations 3
SOC/ANTH/HIST 330V, Introduction to Religious Studies 3
SOC 336V, Sociology of Popular Culture 3
SOC 360V, Introduction to Population Studies 3
SOC/ANTH 361V, Social Issues in Rural America 3
SOC/WS 374V, Comparative Family Systems 3
SOC 376V, Social Change 3
SOC 394V, Sports and Society: A Global Perspective 3
SOC 458V, Comparative Global Family Systems 3
SOC 465V, Environmental Sociology 3
SPAN 364V, Culture and Civilization of Mexico 3
SPAN 365V, Culture and Civilization of Spanish America 3
THTR 307, Costume History 3
THTR/ENGL 321V, Modern European Drama 3
WS/SOC 374V, Comparative Family Systems 3
W S/ENGL 380V, Women Writers 3
W S 381V/HL S 380V, Women's Health Issues 3


BLAW 313V, Sports and the Law 3
BLAW 385V, Consumers and the Law 3
ECON 324V, Developing Nations 3
ECON 325V, Economic Development of Latin America 3
ECON/MGT 335V, Business and Government 3
ECON/AG E 337V, Natural Resource Economics 3
ECON/AG E 384V, Water Resource Economics 3
ECON 432V, Economics of Health Care 3
FIN 303V, Personal Financial Planning and Investing in a Global Economy 3
MGT 310V, The Faces of Entrepreneurs 3
MGT 315V, Human Relations in Organizations 3
MGT/ECON 335V, Business and Government 3
MGT 345V, Quality and Competitiveness: An International Perspective 3
MGT 360V, Negotiation and Business Conflict Resolution 3
MGT 375V, Global Environmental Assessment and Management 3
MGT 388V, Leadership and Society 3
MKTG 311V, Consumer Behavior 3


C EP 451V, Introduction to Counseling 3
DANC 451V/HON 347V, World Dance 3
EDUC 317V, Multicultural Issues in Society 3
EMD 350V, Introduction to Educational Leadership in a Global Society 3


C E 355V, Technology and the Global Environment 3
CH E 395V, Brewing Science and Society 3
E T 309V, Manufacturing: History and Technology 3
E T 360V, Technology in Business and Society 3
I E 310V, Continuous Quality Improvement 3


HL S 301V, Human Sexuality 3
HL S 305V, Global Environmental Health Issues 3
HL S 380V/WS 381V, Women's Health Issues 3
HL S 464V, Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health 3
S WK 331V, Introduction to Social Policy: History 3


LIB 311V, Information Literacy 3


HON 319V, The Natural World of Thomas Jefferson 3
HON 320V, Food and Humanity: World in Crisis 3
HON 321V, Agriculture in an Urban World 3
HON 323V, Cultural Perspectives on Dress 3
HON 430V/AG E 330V/HORT 331V, OASIS: Managing a Community
Supported Farm


HON 301V, Mass Media and Society 3
HON 304V, Dilemmas of War and Peace 3
HON 305V, Global Environment 3
HON 306V, Science and Ethics 3
HON 307V, The Political World of Women 3
HON/ASTR 308V, Into the Final Frontier 3
HON 311V, Intercultural Communication 3
HON 317V, Cultural Lessons of Nazism 3
HON 318V, The World of Cinema 3
HON 322V, Science and Public Policy 3
HON 324V, Science and the Arts: Theatre and Story 3
HON 325V, Contemporary International Literature 3
HON 326V, Art and Mythology 3
HON 327V, The Novel 3
HON/ASTR 330V, Planetary Exploration 3
HON 331V, Using a Telescope: Observation, Technology, and Analysis in Astronomical Research 3
HON 346V, Perspectives on Violence 3
HON 348V, Comparative Mythology: Myth, Ritual and the Life Cycle 3
HON 349V, Islam and the West 3
HON 350V, Law, Culture, and Conflict 3
HON 351V, Interpersonal Relations and the Self 3
HON 352V, Crime, Justice, and Society 3
HON 353V, Justice without Prejudice 3
HON 355V, Sexuality in Christianity and Islam 3
HON 364V, Jewish Literature and Culture 3
HON 365V, Contemporary African and Caribbean Fiction 3
HON 366V, The Gothic Imagination 3
HON 370V, Design: The Creative Act 3
HON 374V, The European City 3
HON 376V, Latin American Women Writers 3
HON 377V, Freedom of Speech and the Law 3
HON 378V, Technology and Policy 3
HON 379V, Literature as Film 3
HON 382V, Contemporary Multicultural Women's Literature 3
HON 383V, The Sixties: Society, Culture, and Change 3
HON 387V, Comparative Perspectives on Women 3
HON 388V, Leadership and Society 3
HON 392V, Vietnam: America's Longest War 3
HON 394V, Southwestern and Border Literature 3
HON/MATH 411V, Great Theorems: The Art of Mathematics 3


HON 335V, Legal Issues in Modern Society 3
HON 360V, Working in Teams 3
HON 380V, Comparative Economic Systems 3
HON 384V, Ethical Decisions in Organizations 3
HON 385V, Consumers and the Law 3
HON 386V, Women in the Economy 3


HON 347V/DANC 451V, World Dance 3


HON 393V/NURS 383V, Community and Public Service 3

Alternatives for Meeting Viewing a Wider World Requirements

Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as Viewing a Wider World courses, will have met the VWW requirements for that subject area.

The 9 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses in one prefix area. For example, 9 upper-division ECON credits would fulfill one VWW area for students majoring in programs other than Economics.