Native American Studies Department, University College,
University of New Mexico

Honoring Native Tradition and Community Through Academic Excellence

Native American Studies (NAS) is an academic program committed to Indigenous research and scholarship.  NAS offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor degree granted through University Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Our goal is excellence in educating all students and the public about the Native experience of Indigenous peoples with significant attention given our complex history and intercultural heritage of New Mexico and the United States.

Curriculum Philosophy

  1. Interdisciplinary approach
  2. Academic component – classroom instruction by Native American faculty, internships, independent study
  3. Research component - Experiential Activity woven into course work
  4. Applied degree – Community-based and Service learning
  5. Degree potential in communities and multiple professional settings
  6. Philosophical focus on Self-determination and Indigenous pedagogy

Native American Studies Degree Skill Base

  1. Research Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Problem Solving Skills
  4. Community Building/Leadership
  5. Baseline knowledge of Indigenous Issues Valuable to Native Communities, Leadership, and Governmental Agencies

NAS Graduates Professional Pursuits

  1. Graduate School:  Public Administration, Law School, Water Resources, Community and Regional Planning, American Studies, Sociology, Museum Studies, Journalism, and Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
  2. Native American Community Based Non-profits
  3. Tribal, State and Federal Agencies
  4. Native American Education


SURVEY : Developing a Masters Degree
in Native American Studies at the
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Native American Studies (NAS) would like to learn about your perspectives regarding our plans to propose a Masters Degree in NAS at UNM. Your opinion will help us in shaping the proposal. Below is a link to download a survey.

This is an anonymous survey and the results will only be used for in-house data collection and will not be published or distributed to public sources. Thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey and please return to the Native American Studies offices.

Download Survey Here