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