Transfer Students

Thinking of transferring to UNM History?

An undergraduate major in history provides students with a greatly enriched view of the world around them as well as numerous real-world skills that will prove useful in many professional occupations. The study of history helps us to understand who we are and where we have been. That knowledge, in turn, helps to shape our future choices and directions. 

A degree in History is exceptional preparation for many professional careers including law, business, medicine, or any profession that requires reading primary and secondary sources, precedent, or extant studies in order to formulate an argument or a plan to benefit your team, client, patient, etc. 

History students will develop skills to evaluate the sources, methods, motivations, and interpretations behind historical narratives; learn a variety of sound historical research practices; learn how to craft and present convincing and well-supported arguments; and recognize and appreciate the diversity of human experiences and how these change over time. 


  • How to apply
    • Submit your application at APPLY.UNM.EDU
    • Pay the non-refundable application fee
    • Send official transcript(s) to UNM Admissions once completed 24 credit hours with at least a "C" average (2.0 on 4.0 GPA scale) in all transferable college work
    • Contact the UNM Office of Admissions for additional questions at 505.277.8900
    • Submit a FAFSA application at and add the UNM school code, 002663
    • Apply for scholarships
  • Once admitted
    • Create a NetID at
    • Sign-up and attend an orientation program and meet with your major academic advisor to determine transfer coursework and to plan upcoming semester courses
    • Review transfer coursework through your Lobotrax Degree Audit at

In preparation for transferring to UNM, the following courses count towards the general education core and UNM's history major and minor*:

  • General Education:
    • Communication
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Second Language
  • Core Courses:
    • HIST 1105: Making History
    • HIST 1110: United States History I
    • HIST 1120: United States History II
    • HIST 1150: Western Civilization I
    • HIST 1160: Western Civilization II
    • HIST 1170: Survey of Early Latin America
    • HIST 1180: Survey of Modern Latin America
    • HIST 2130: Survey of Native American History
  • and other General Education curriculum.


*At the lower-division level, students must complete ONE lower-division survey SERIES (two courses), and TWO other lower-division COURSES (for a total of four courses).

To understand transfer credits from other institutions, use UNM's Transfer Equivalency System (TES), click on the "Transfer Equivalencies" link, then search for your school by typing in the name in the search tool.

For more information on transferring to Humanities at UNM, check out the Extending Humanities Transfer Program.