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Mini-Semester and UNIV Courses

The Student Success Center offers a variety of full term and mini-semester courses to improve your learning and study skills, prepare for the Graduate Record Exam, and maintain full-time academic status.

Mini-Semester Courses

Mini-semester courses start near the middle of the semester and can be added to maintain full-time academic status if a student needs to drop another course to preserve their GPA.

Do not drop a current course or add a mini-semester course until you have done the following:

  1. Check with your college advisor or University Records to ensure you have not already taken the UNIV course you wish to add. You cannot take the same UNIV course twice for credit.
  2. Verify with Financial Aid staff that the UNIV course(s) you wish to add will satisfy your scholarship and/or financial aid requirements. (If you are a student athlete, check with your designated academic advisor.)
  3. If you are taking a combination of main campus and community college classes, check with Accounts Receivable before making any changes to see how it will affect your total cost for the semester.

Important Fall 2018 Mini-Semester 2 Dates

  • October 9 – Classes begin
  • October 10 – Last day to add (without instructor’s signature)
  • October 12 – Last day to add (with instructor’s signature)
  • October 18 – Last Day to Drop a Course without a “W” (100% refund)
  • November 7 – Last Day to Withdraw from a Single Course with a “W”

Fall 2018 UNIV Mini-Semester Course Offerings (10/9/18-12-7-18)

For the entire mini-semester course list, including the UNIV mini-semester course offerings, please check with University Records.

UNIV Course Descriptions

Students may find the current listing of all available UNIV course offerings by accessing the Course Catalog.

UNIV 110 Personal Learning Skills (1 credit; S/U)

Improve specific academic skills including: Time Management, Overcoming Procrastination, Concentration and Memory, Test Anxiety and Preparation, Text-Reading Techniques, Stress Management, Critical Thinking and Reading, and Preparation for Graduate School.

UNIV 112 Academic and Personal Effectiveness (2 credits; Graded)

Learn academic self-analysis skills through the application of study and learning techniques to current courses. Exposure to a variety of topics which enhance university and life-long learning.

UNIV 113 Speed Reading (1 credit; Graded)

Develop strategies and practice techniques to improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading rate.

UNIV 114 Financial Literacy: Money Matters (2 credits; Graded)

Introductions to money management and financial literacy for the college student explored through activities. Students are exposed to key topics such as loans, scholarships, credit, spending smart, identity theft, and other topics related to financial literacy.

UNIV 116 Preparing for Cooperative Education Internship (1 credit; S/U)

The Cooperative Education Course provides students with a comprehensive overview of career-related topics designed to assist with securing Cooperative Education and Internship employment.  Students learn about philosophies and approaches to resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searching, networking, and professionalism.  A primary focus of the course is on experiential learning where students have opportunities to practice and implement course concepts including interviewing, networking, job searching, and document creation.  In addition to exploring topics related to Cooperative Education and Internship, the course is designed to provide students with tools and strategies for successfully navigating the transition from student to employee.

UNIV 117 Diversity at the University (1 credit; S/U)

In this course students will engage in discussions about diversity at the university, what it means in today’s society and local community, and build on its complexity at NMSU.

UNIV 118 Career Exploration and Planning (1 credit)

This course is designed to increase the likelihood that individuals will successfully navigate the challenges they face when making college major and related career choices.Career exploration and planning involves more than just helping persons choose a college major or enter an occupation. It also includes self- assessment of interests, values, and skills, understanding the steps in career decision making, and learning the necessary employability skills to obtain and keep a job once a choice has been made. The basic mission of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to learn about and develop the necessary skills to assist themselves in all areas of life/career planning.

UNIV 150 The Freshman Year Experience (3 credits; Graded)

Discover campus resources, evaluate your talents and career interests, and enhance your reading, writing, critical thinking, library and study skills.

UNIV 300 Preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (1 credit; S/U)

Review computer adaptive test-taking strategies and practice for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the GRE.

UNIV 350 Peer Education (3 credits; Graded)

Junior and senior level students co-facilitate a Freshman Year Experience class with an instructor. Topics include: student development theory, leadership skills, classroom management and presentation skills.