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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Minors

The Department offers a number of different minors.

Requirements for All Minors:

Minimum credit hours required: 18.

Restriction: If a student takes more than one minor in the Department, only six (6) credit hours of one minor may be applied towards another minor.

Additional requirements as listed under each minor.

Minor in Hispanic Studies

The following courses are required:

  • One of the following sequences (6):
  • SPAN 113 and 114, Elementary Spanish I and II.
  • SPAN 113N and 114N, Spanish for Native Speakers.
  • An additional 12 credit hours in any topic relevant to Hispanic Studies with the consent of the minor advisor.

Minor in History

The following courses are required:

  • A 100‐level history course sequence (6).
  • Twelve (12) additional credit hours in history courses. Of these 12 credit hours, six (6) credit hours may be taken in art history or music surveys.
  • Students taking the history minor are strongly encouraged to take the 12 additional credit hours from as wide a variety of topics as possible.

Minor in Literature

The following courses are required:

  • 18 credit hours in ENGL literature courses.

Minor in Philosophy

Philosophy provides a practical set of skills for critical reasoning, empathetic understanding, and reflective practice. A concentrated education in philosophy is useful in everyday life for problem solving, communication, and persuasion, as well as in professional careers such as teaching, medicine, law, computer science, management, publishing, sales, criminal justice, public relations, and public policy. Students of philosophy score among the highest on graduate school entrance exams, such as the LSAT and the GRE. Learn more about philosophy.

The following courses are required for the Minor:

  • Three (3) credits of philosophy (PHIL) at the 100/200 level.
  • Six (6) credits of philosophy (PHIL) courses at the 300/400 level.
  • Nine (9) credits of philosophy and/or similar humanities and social science courses approved by the student’s minor advisor.

Minor in Technical Communication

The following courses are required:

  • TC 151, Visual Communication (3).
  • TC 202, Elements of Editing (3).
  • TC 211, Media Studies (3).
  • Nine (9) additional credit hours of TC courses.

Minor in Science, Technology, and Society

The following courses are required:

  • SS 130, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (3)
  • Six (6) credits of social science (SS) courses in science and technology studies with at least
    three at the 300 level.
  • Nine (9) credits of social science in science and technology studies and/or similar humanities and social science courses approved by the student’s minor advisor.

Minor in Music

The following courses are required:

  • Eight (8) credits in Performance Courses
  • An additional ten (10) credits in MUS or music‐related Humanities courses approved by the minor advisor.   Students may fulfill three (3) of these credits by taking a language course in German (GERM) or French (FREN).

Suggested tracks in the Minor in Music:

  • Voice ‐ MUS 331, 332
  • Chamber Choir Strings ‐ MUS 351,352 Chamber Orchestra
  • Brass and Woodwinds ‐ MUS 389 Beginning Band

Minor in Creative Thinking and Practice

The minor in Creative Thinking and Practice allows students the opportunity to develop their creative skills and employ their technical knowledge to develop inventive, multidisciplinary designs, technologies, and products. Students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines learn how to understand different viewpoints, collaborate in interdisciplinary contexts, and address new and complex problems. Graduates will be agile, transdisciplinary thinkers ready for challenging careers in any field, including science, technology, film, and software industries.

Minor in Secondary Education

The Minor in Secondary Education is minor intended for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree who have an interest in a teaching career upon graduation.

This minor will allow current undergraduate students to become certified teachers for grades 7-12 in New Mexico schools. The program is accredited by New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and includes 5 classes along with supervised field experiences in local secondary schools.

For more details on programs and course offerings, please visit the 2021-2022 NMT Course Catalog

Program Requirements

  • Current student at NMT.
  • Ability to pass background checks.

Course Requirements

The program is accredited by New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and includes 5 classes along with supervised field experiences in local secondary schools. Requirements for the UMSE are: 

  • EDUC 340, Concepts in Education, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs
  • EDUC 341, Matching Teaching Strategies to Student Learning, 3 cr, 2.5 cl hrs, 0.5 field observations (grades 7-12)
  • EDUC 401, Effective Reading for Diverse Learners, 3 cr, 2.5 cl hrs, 0.5 field observations (grades 7-12)
  • EDUC 403 Methods and Practices in Teaching, 3 cr, 2.5 cl hrs, 0.5 field observations (grades 7-12)
  • EDUC 405, Assessments and Measurement, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs
  • EDUC 413 Student Teaching (Secondary), 9 cr
  • EDUC 414 Student Teaching Seminar, 3 cr

Contact Us

For more information, email TeacherEd@npe.nmt.edu