NMSU Carlsbad is now offering new programs in Heritage Interpretation and Social Services to better meet student needs in New Mexico.
The Associate of Arts in Heritage Interpretation is designed to prepare students for service as park interpreters and technicians or for any field in which knowledge of the cultural and natural heritage of the area would be useful. Participants in the program will help meet the growing need for qualified professional educators in the field of curatorial studies in museums heritage sites, and art galleries for example.
The Certificate in Heritage Interpretation is designed to prepare students for service as park interpreters, and technicians, tour guides, and museum or historical society technicians. Students will study a variety of subjects that will broaden their knowledge of the Southwest’s heritage and improve their ability to communicate with a diverse public.
Social Sciences department chair Kenda Josselet, says that the curriculum for both the degree and the certificate emphasizes New Mexico’s rich history, natural setting, and unique cultural blend. “ Students will be able to get hands on practice with what they learn in internships in state and national parks in the area as well as other related facilities.” she added.
The Social Services degree is designed to prepare students for careers in social service or community health agencies as paraprofessionals. In addition, because of the large general education component, the degree also prepares the student for successful transition into a variety of baccalaureate degree programs. Graduates of the program who choose not to transfer can expect to work as mental health aides, group residence workers, neighborhood outreach workers, social casework assistants and other similar positions said Josselet.
For more information on these programs contact Josselet at 575.234.9344 or contact the NMSU Carlsbad Counseling Center.
Information from NMSU