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Southwest Studies / Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts

This program is designed to maximize transfer of credit to a four-year program. In addition to a generous exposure to general education courses, you will concentrate your efforts in southwest heritage arts.

Note: The AA in Southwest Heritage Arts is currently in moratorium and not accepting student applications at this time.


Area I. Communications (9 cr)
Area II. Mathematics (3 cr)
Area III. Laboratory Sciences (8 cr)
Area IV. Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 cr)
Area V. Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 cr)

  • HUM 100 FYE: History and Culture of Northern New Mexico (3)

Area VI. Library Technology (1 cr)

  • LT 101 Library Research Skills (1)


  • ART 115 Traditional Woodcarving (3)
  • ART 130 Tinsmithing I (3)
  • ART 152 Traditional Spanish Colonial Retablo Making(3)
  • ART 158 Bulto Making (3)
  • ART 180 Micaceous Pottery I (3)
  • ART 208 History of NM Art and Architecture (3)
  • SCFM 110L Spanish Col Furniture Making Lab (4)
  • ART 231 Tinsmithing II or ART 150 Basic Jewelry and Metalworking (3)*
  • FA 100 Intro. to Weaving (1-3) or ART 156 Pueblo Sash Weaving (3)*

Choose ONE course from the following: 

  • ART 110 Drawing I (3)
  • ART 120 Painting I (3)
  • ART 122 Design Elements in Art (3)
  • ART 155 Pueblo Embroidery (3)*
  • ART 160 Pottery I (3)
  • ART 170 Photography I (3)
  • ART 190 Silversmithing (3)*

* Poeh Ctr. Only


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