Native American Studies


The Native American Studies program teaches the cultures, languages, histories, and intellectual traditions of the original peoples of the Americas. Earn an Associate of Arts and pursue work as an Equal Opportunity Representative, Interpreter, and more.

Degrees & Certificates

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Native American Studies students will develop critical skills to prepare them for roles that support their local community or Indigenous nations worldwide. This degree emphasizes an interdisciplinary, community-based, and future-oriented approach. 

Top Jobs for Native American Studies Degree

Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Further Studies

Once you get your Associate's Degree from CNM, you can transfer to a four-year university. The University of New Mexico has both Bachelor's and Master degree programs in Native American Studies, and will have a PhD program soon. Other options for further related studies are:

  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Counseling

Related Information

Join an Organization 

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) is the largest scholarly organization that engages indigenous issues and communities. NAISA's international and interdisciplinary membership is comprised of professional academics, students, independent scholars, community-based educators, and elders.

Native Forward Scholars Fund

Native Forward has empowered over 20,000 students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states by providing scholarship dollars and support for services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.