Off-Campus Program

The Program in Native American Studies is now offering a new off-campus program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) located in Santa Fe, New Mexico beginning in the fall of 2019.


About Santa Fe

The program offers proximity to a large and diverse number of distinct Native American tribal communities. As the New Mexico state capital, Santa Fe serves as the focal point for state-tribal political relations in both the historical and contemporary periods. Santa Fe is the recognized hub of Native American art with numerous galleries, museums, studios and major international events dedicated to the exhibition and/or sale of Native art. The landscape itself serves as a living textbook of cross-cultural encounters in times of conflict and cooperation. 

Our Partner

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The program will be based at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) located just a few miles south of Santa Fe's downtown. Established in 1962, IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation dedicated to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. As our institutional partner, IAIA has opened its classrooms, library, residence halls and cafe to Dartmouth students. 

Students will live in the residence halls on the IAIA campus. All rooms are doubles and have private bathrooms and showers. Students will also have a full meal plan at the IAIA cafe. The cafe also serves as a common meeting space for students, faculty and staff to gather at mealtime.

Courses Offered

NAS 30.1: Contemporary Native American Art: Professor Lara Evans (IAIA), Visiting Professor

An introduction to contemporary Native American art from North America with attention given to traditional forms, techniques and designs employed in different media (e.g. paintings, basketry, carving, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles). The course will feature excursions to local galleries, studios and museums and meetings with local Native American artists.

  • Distribs: ART; WCult: CI

NAS 30.2 - Indigenous Peoples of the Southwest : Independent Study, Prof. N. Bruce Duthu

  • Distribs: SOC; WCult: CI

NAS 30.3 - Native American Law and Literature:
Professor N. Bruce Duthu

 Distribs: SOC; WCult: CI


The program will be open to all Dartmouth upper-class undergraduate students in good academic standing. As minimum qualifications, applicants must have taken and passed at least two NAS courses prior to the start of the program and meet all college standards for eligibility to participate in off-campus programs. In short, we seek to enroll a group of students who will, individually and collectively, exemplify our commitment to the highest academic standards and the principles of community, inclusion and honor.

Application Deadlines

February 1, 2019 is the application deadline for this program.

Students will apply for admission into the program by submitting the following materials:

  1. A brief essay explaining their reasons for wanting to participate in the program.
  2. A copy of their Dartmouth transcript.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one from a Dartmouth professor and one from a college official within the division of the Dean of the College.

Students may contact Professor N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor & Chair, Native American Studies if they have any questions about this program.