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Native American Studies DSP Santa Fe

Santa Fe, United States

Program At a Glance

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Native American Studies

This is a biennial program

Please review the Academic Program section for specific term offerings.


This off-campus program is designed to provide Dartmouth students with an enriched and unique intellectual experience in Native American Studies that is not possible to replicate in Hanover, New Hampshire. The program offers proximity to a large and diverse number of distinct Native American tribal communities. As the 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.

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, and cafe to Dartmouth students.

In addition to the resources available at IAIA, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe will allow our students to access their substantial library collection in the humanities and social sciences, as well as their rich collection of southwestern pottery, jewelry and textiles.  Students will also be invited to attend the SAR colloquium series.

The program of study will consist of three courses that, in combination, will advance the major thematic areas of inquiry in Native American Studies on the Dartmouth campus while also taking full advantage of the unique resources available in this extraordinary setting. The major thematic areas of inquiry include the intersection of indigenous and European histories; cultural values and the dynamics of cultural change; the study and representation of indigenous peoples and cultures by anthropologists, artist, writers, and other non-Native researchers and observers as well as indigenous peoples' own self-representation; traditional and contemporary indigenous arts (e.g., paintings, basketry, carving, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles). Each course will feature excursions to key local archaeological, historical, cultural, and governmental sites, as well as art galleries, studios, museums, and meetings with local Native American politicians, scholars, educators, and artists.



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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.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a record of academic excellence, the ability to work well with others and a capacity for openness, respect and responsibility in diverse settings. 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.


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.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.


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