Social Services Program

Program Manager: Megan Stoneking
Phone: (505) 287-6679 | Email:
Room 113D – Faculty Offices (Martinez Hall, 2nd Floor)

Office Hours: (Fall 2019)

  • Monday – Thursday | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Monday – Thursday (online) 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Megan Stoneking









Certificates & Degrees


Adjunct Faculty

Bruce PayetteDr. Bruce Payette, (520) 837-9406, brucepayette@yahoo
B.A in Social Studies, State University of New York at Cortland, 1967
MS.Ed in Educational Psychology, Indiana University, 1969
Ed.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Arizona, 1977

Retired Professor in Psychology and Education at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. During my academic career I have had the opportunity to travel to over 25 countries researching community drug prevention programs. For ten years I have had the opportunity to teach for both The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University at Grants. I currently reside in Tucson, Arizona.

Kristin Winfrey, 
M.A., R.P.A.

My name is Kristin Winfrey and I am an instructor at NMSU-Grants Campus. I currently teach classes in anthropology and education. I am also a special education teacher in the preschool program for children with developmental delays in the Grants/Cibola County School district.

I first began my journey as an anthropology major at the University of Washington in Seattle. I attended my archaeological field school near Glenwood, New Mexico, in the summer of 1994, and this is what eventually brought me back to New Mexico as a teacher. Perhaps I was enchanted? I finished graduate school at the University of Montana with a major emphasis of archaeology and a minor focus of physical anthropology, predominately forensic anthropology. At this time, I worked as a CRM archaeologist and I assisted the state medical examiner in a variety of forensic cases in Montana. I eventually moved to New Orleans and worked as an assistant project manager for a CRM company in the south. At this time, I was an R.P.A., or a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

Although I really enjoyed this field, I had a change of heart and I wanted to teach children with special needs. I looked around at various university programs and I ended up back in New Mexico. I studied at the University of New Mexico and earned an M.A. in special education. I taught elementary and middle school in Albuquerque before moving to land in the Zuni Mountains with my husband. We built our own off grid, solar powered house on land that has historic artifacts from the Zuni Mountain Railroad. I have my own little historic preservation happening on my land. We live here year round with 3 children (an older daughter and a younger set of boy/girl twins) and 2 obnoxious dogs. I have the best of both worlds because I am able to teach my first love, anthropology, and I teach children at an elementary school to provide early intervention. I am proud to be an instructor for New Mexico State University in two departments.

Dr. Teresa Meehan, 
Dr. Teresa Meehan has taught both upper and lower division courses for NMSU in the fields of Psychology, Linguistics Sociology, and Education for the past 25 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics, a Master’s degree in Linguistics and a PhD in Educational Linguistics. She was the program manager for the Education department at NMSU from 1996-2006. She resigned from her tenured position as Associate Professor to dedicate her time to entrepreneurial activities, including running a mental health agency in the local community. She continues to work in the mental health field as a contractor at the local hospital in addition to teaching part-time at the NMSU Grants campus.

Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.


ANTH 116. Native Peoples of the American Southwest 3 cr.
Introduction to the early history and culture of native people of the Southwest.

ANTH 125G. Introduction to World Cultures 3 cr.
Introductory survey of anthropological studies of human thought and behavior in different world cultures, covering social, cultural, economic, political, and religious practices and beliefs.

ANTH 201G. Introduction to Anthropology 3 cr.
Exploration of human origins and the development of cultural diversity. Topics include biological and cultural evolution, the structure and functions of social institutions, belief systems, language and culture, human-environmental relationships, methods of prehistoric and contemporary cultural analysis, and theories of culture.

ANTH 202G. Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology 3 cr.
Provides an introduction to the methods, theories, and results of two subfields of anthropology: archaeology and physical anthropology. Archaeology is the study of past human cultures. Physical anthropology is the study of human biology and evolution.

ANTH 203G. Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology 3 cr.
Provides an introduction to the methods, theories, and results of two subfields of anthropology: linguistics and cultural anthropology. Linguistics is the study of human language. Cultural anthropology is the study of the organizing principles of human beliefs and practices.


ECON 201G. Introduction to Economics 3 cr.
Economic institutions and current issues with special emphasis on the American economy.

ECON 251G. Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
Macroeconomic theory and public policy: national income concepts, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and international payment problems.

ECON 252G. Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr.
Microeconomic theory and public policy: supply and demand, theory of the firm, market allocation of resources, income distribution, competition and monopoly, governmental regulation of businesses and unions.


GEOG 109. The Atmosphere and Hydrosphere 3 cr. (2+3P)
Introduction to physical forces that shape the environment: Earth geometry and seasons; the atmosphere; components of weather and climate. Completion of both GEOG 109 and 110 will substitute for GEOG 111G. Community Colleges only.

GEOG 110. The Biosphere and Lithosphere 3 cr. (2+3P)
Introduction to physical forces that shape the environment: unique spatial characteristics of flora and fauna; soil development and classification; geomorphic processes and landform development. Completion of both GEOG 109 and 110 will substitute for GEOG 111G. Community Colleges only.

GEOG 111G. Geography of the Natural Environment 4 cr. (3+3P)
Introduction to the physical processes that shape the human environment: climate and weather, vegetation dynamics and distribution, soil development and classification, and geomorphic processes and landform development.

GEOG 112G. World Regional Geography 3 cr.
Overview of the physical geography, natural resources, cultural landscapes, and current problems of the world’s major regions. Students will also examine current events at a variety of geographic scales.

GEOG 120G. Culture and Environment 3 cr.
Study of human-environmental relations: how the earth works and how cultures impact or conserve nature. Introduction to relationships between people and natural resources, ecosystems, global climate change, pollution, and conservation.

GEOG 257. Introduction to Weather Science 4 cr. (3+3P)
An introduction to Earth’s atmosphere and the dynamic world of weather as it happens working with current meteorological data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with learning investigations keyed to the current weather, and via study of selected archived real-world meteorological data. Prerequisites: ENGL 111G or concurrency, and C S 110 or concurrency.

GEOG 259. Introduction to Oceanography 4 cr. (3+3P)
Introduces the origin and development of the oceans, and marine ecological concepts. Examines physical processes such as waves, tides, and currents, and their impact on shorelines, the ocean floor, and basins. Investigates physical processes as they relate to oceanographic concepts. Includes media via the Internet, and laboratory examination of current oceanic data, as an alternative to the actual oceanic experience. Students will gain a basic knowledge and appreciation of the ocean’s impact on the world’s ecology.

GEOG 281. Map Use and Analysis 3 cr. (2+3P)
Introduction to map use and analysis. Emphasis on physical and cultural features.

GEOG 291. Special Topics1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

GEOG 295. Introduction to Climate Science 4 cr.(3+3P)
Examines fundamentals and related issues of Earth’s climate system, climate variability, and climate change. Develops solid understandings of Earth’s climate system framed in the dynamic, Earth system based approach to the science.


PSY 201G. Introduction to Psychology 3 cr.
Methods and principles of behavior. Topics include human evolution and development, biopsychology, perception, learning, thinking, motivation, social interaction, and the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior.

PSY 211. Introduction to Research1 cr.
Introductory skills in library and on-line research. Emphasizes the scientific method including oral and written presentation of research according to the APA Style Handbook. Does not replace PSY 310 as requirement in B.A. degree. Community Colleges only.

PSY 266. Applied Psychology 3 cr.
Explanation of the psychological principles of everyday living. Emphasizes motivation, learning of intelligent behavior, and applications of psychology to social issues. Community Colleges only.

PSY 270. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Branch campus only.

PSY 274. A Study of Substance Abuse through Service Learning 3 cr.
Physiological and psychological impact of drug use on human behavior. Emphasizes practical applications of intervention and prevention in the community. Community Colleges only.

PSY 290. Psychology of Adjustment 3 cr.
Analyzes the responses people have to conflict, emotional stress, and frustration. It focuses on adapting to these problems and examines both normal and neurotic responses. Community Colleges only.

S WK-Social Work

S WK 221G. Introduction to Social Welfare 3 cr.
A broad overview of current social problems and the role of social agencies and community members in addressing these problems.

S WK 251. Women’s Issues in Social Work 3 cr.
Examines gender-specific social problems and their identification and resolution through the use of social agencies and community resources. Community Colleges only.

S WK 253. Case Management 3 cr.
Introduction to case management for social- and human-services workers. Overview of typical duties and responsibilities of a case manager, including setting goals, performing assessments, writing progress notes, and linking clients with other resources in the community. Recommended for students considering a career in social work or human services. Prerequisites: PSY 201G and S WK 221G. Community Colleges only.


SOC 101G. Introductory Sociology 3 cr.
Introduction to social theory, research, methods of analysis, contemporary issues in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Covers groups, deviance, inequality, family, gender, social change, and collective behavior.

SOC 201G. Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr.
Introduction to the fundamentals of social analysis through the analysis of contemporary American social problems. Emphasis on methods of analysis and cross-national comparisons showing that the social problems studied are common to all societies. Covers racism, violence, poverty, crime, health care, and substance abuse.

SOC 248. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

SOC 258. Current Issues in Marriage and Family 3 cr.
Examination of contemporary American family life, including courtship, marriage, divorce, and child rearing. Community Colleges only.

SOC 262. Issues in Death and Dying 3 cr.
Major personal and social issues related to the process of dying in our culture. Community Colleges only.

SOC 263. Human Sexuality 3 cr.
Introduction to cultural and personal aspects of human intimacy, sexuality and the life cycle, sexual variation, and sexually transmitted diseases. Community Colleges only.

SOC 270. Sociology of the Chicano Community I 3 cr.
Introductory overview of the Chicano/Mexican-American experience in the U.S., with an emphasis on the Southwest. Socioeconomic issues affecting Chicano culture and behavior. Topics include family, la Chicana, mental health, education and language policy, art and literature.

SOC 273. Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Analysis of changes, behaviors, and stereotypes of women and men in contemporary Western societies. Same as W S 273.