At the UNM College of Arts & Sciences, WeR1

As the largest College on UNM’s campus, the College of Arts & Sciences is a major driver of the research efforts at the state of New Mexico’s only Carnegie-Designated Research 1 (R1) institution. From our research centers to our community-engaged research to our interdisciplinary museums, students at the College of Arts & Sciences excel by working with some of the leading experts within their fields. By putting their education into practice, students are gaining a broad depth of experience that puts them well ahead of their peers at similar institutions.

Across our 24 departments and Schools, A&S faculty, students, and alumni are the trailblazers of tomorrow. Whether your concentration is in the social sciences, the humanities, or the natural sciences, the research opportunities are endless thanks to the rich cultural, environmental, and scientific landscape of New Mexico.


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National News


New study: Chimp moms play with kids through good times and bad
March 15, 2024

When it comes to nurturing their young, mother chimpanzees go the extra mile, according to a new study. Using 10 years of observational data on wild chimpanzees, researchers found that while adults often play, and young chimps play a lot, when food gets scarce, the adults put mutual play aside and focus on survival.

Local News


UNM professor awarded grant for Navajo Nation Museum Exhibition Project
March 10, 2024

UNM American Studies Professor and Chair Jennifer Denetdale (Diné) in partnership with the Navajo Nation Museum, has been awarded a $95,000 grant through the Henry Luce Foundation’s Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, sponsored by the First Nations Development Institute, to support an upcoming exhibition at the Navajo Nation Museum.   

Student News


Travel is revived for Arabic language students in recent trip to Oman
March 14, 2024

For the first time since before the pandemic, seven students were able to participate in a two-week-long trip to Nizwa, Oman. Thanks to the opportunity provided by the Department of Languages, Cultures, & Literatures (LCL), students were able to deepen their connection to the Arabic language and culture. 

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We Are Originators

The College of Arts & Sciences’ longstanding history of being at the forefront of research and education is reflected in the various academic journals several of our departments have been publishing for generations. Each is as unique as the College itself and all serve as a vital resource for researchers throughout the country.

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Human Nature: A Biosocial, Interdisciplinary Perspective

Established in 1990 by the Department of Anthropology, Human Nature is dedicated to advancing the interdisciplinary investigation of the biological, social, and environmental factors that underlie human behavior.

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Journal of Anthropological Research

Established in 1945 by the Department of Anthropology, the Journal of Anthropological Research publishes diverse, high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on anthropological research, as well as about 100–120 timely book reviews annually.

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New Mexico Historical Review

Established in 1926 by the Department of History, the New Mexico Historical Review is one of the oldest and most distinguished historical journals in the country. 

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New Mexico News Port

Launched in 2014 by the Department of Communication & Journalism, this award-winning, student-lead news source is well known within the journalism community for its timely news publications.

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Wicazo Sa Review

Established in 1985, the Wicazo Sa Review is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the mission of assisting Indigenous peoples of the Americas in taking possession of their own intellectual and creative pursuits.

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Launched in 2021 by the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI), Chamisa is an online, peer-reviewed open access journal highlighting literary, performance, and visual arts of the Southwest. 

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