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Native American Studies

As an interdisciplinary academic department, NAS is committed to Indigenous academic scholarship and research excellence.   NAS offers a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts, an Online Bachelor of Arts, and a minor degree 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.

Another goal is to create a department that collaborates with Native communities and engages students in Nation building.

Curriculum Philosophy

  1. Interdisciplinary approach
  2. Academic component - classroom instruction by Native American faculty, internships, independent study
  3. Research component - experiential activity woven into coursework
  4. Applied degree - community-based and service learning
  5. Degree potential in communities and multiple professional settings
  6. Philosophical focus in Self-Determination and Indigenous pedagogy

Native American Studies Degree Skill Base

  1. Research skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Problem-solving skills
  4. Leadership development and community building
  5. Baseline knowledge of Indigenous issues valuable to Native communities, leadership, and governmental agencies

NAS Graduates Professional Pursuits

  1. UNM Graduate degree programs:  MA in NAS, Public Administration, Law School, Community and Regional Planning, American Studies, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, Sociology, Community Health, Communication, Journalism, Museum Studies, Water Resources, Counseling, and Educational Leadership
  2. Native American community-based non-profits
  3. Tribal, state, and federal agencies
  4. Indigenous education

Upcoming Native American Studies Events

Indigenous Language is Life

Indigenous Language is Life

Wed, Nov 06 2019   Wed, Nov 06 2019 

Please join us for a special event on Wednesday, November 6, 2019!   Indigenous Language is Life: A Focus on Revitalization, Sustainability, and ... [Read More]

Diné Culture Night & Potluck

Diné Culture Night & Potluck

Fri, Nov 22 2019   Fri, Nov 22 2019 

You're invited! 12:00 - 3:00 PM: Potluck at Native American Studies, 3080 Mesa Vista Hall4:00 - 9:00 PM: Diné Culture Night, Student Union Buildi ... [Read More]


Honoring Indigenous experiences, strengthening Native Nations, and helping build sustainable communities through academic excellence