Critical Text Analysis Compatible Courses

Based on the student’s LCP, ACT, SAT, or other placement score(s), they have placed into Critical Text Analysis, which focuses on skills such as critical thinking, reading, and self-directed learning needed to succeed in reading-intensive courses. Students must take this class their first semester unless they have transfer credit or other placement scores that satisfy this requirement. Students should be kind to their future selves –the important thing is to start in the classes they’re ready for. Students have the option to take the Reading Lobo Course Placement if they feel ready for reading-intensive classes.  For more information visit


Based on your current placement you may only take courses from the following list:



ENGL: Check your English placement

COMM 1130: Public Speaking


Mathematics and Statistics:

Check your placement for applicable classes


Physical and Natural Sciences:

CS 108L:  Computer Science for All 


Social and Behavioral Sciences:

LING 2110: Intro to the Study of Language & Linguistics  

CCST 1110: Intro to Comparative & Global Ethnic Studies  



MLNG 1110: Approaches to Languages and Cultures  

COMP 2222: Fairy and Folk Tales  

COMP 2240: Cultures, Texts, Worlds

CCST 2110: Intro to Chicana & Chicano Studies


Second Language:

All Second Language Courses

GRMN 2227: Sickness, Insanity, and Transgression in German Literature and Film 


Arts and Design:

Any 3-credit hour Fine Arts Studio or Performance Course

ARTS 141: Introduction to Art & Ecology

ARTS 1610: Drawing I

ARTS 1840: Sculpture I

ARTS 2110 (online): History of Art I


Elective Courses (Possibly required by some majors):

ARTS 1830: Shop Foundation

ARCH 1125: Design Fundamentals

ARCH 1115: Introduction to Architectural Graphics

BCIS 1110: Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems

EMS 120: Introduction to EMS System

FYEX 1110: Introduction to UNM & Higher Education

HED 1220: Personal Health Management

HLED 1113: First Aid & CPR (limited availability)

Any PHED course (PE – Non-Professional)

Advisors and students should make all reasonable efforts to choose from the courses above when a student is taking FYEX 1010 Foundational Math. If it is not possible to build a complete schedule using the courses above, the Advisor should document in LoboAchieve (1) the conversation with the student and (2) the rationale/reason for deviating from this list. The following guidelines are highly recommended when deviating from this list:

  1. Small classes are better than larger classes.
  2. Face-to-face is better than online/hybrid.
  3. Classes with labs should generally be avoided.
  4. Classes heavily reliant on textbooks should be avoided.
  5. Classes with few grading measures (e.g. 3 tests) should be avoided.

This list will be updated as additional compatible classes are identified. If you’d like to suggest a compatible course, please email Cash Clifton ( or Marlene Sanchez ( Suggestions will be forwarded to the FM & CTA compatible course committee.