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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We Are Making Headlines

National News


Linguistics Professor publishes first-ever dictionary of rare language
November 17, 2023

Few have heard of Moré-Kuyubim, an incredibly rare, complex language shared between small communities split across the Guaporé River that divides Bolivia and Brazil. Linguistics professor, Joshua Birchall is one of the few people in the world who has been able to decipher this language. He is also now a publisher of the first Moré-Kuyubim dictionary.

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Connecting people and spaces
November 8, 2023

In 2020, the R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography was launched by the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies (GES) thanks to a generous gift from alumnus, R.H. Mallory. The program engages with community groups, partnering in projects ranging from community mapping to environmental awareness.

Student News


Native American Studies welcomes first Ph.D. students
November 7, 2023

Five doctoral students have begun their journeys as the inaugural cohort for the Department of Native American Studies' (NAS) new Ph.D. program.  As the fourth program of its kind in the country, the NAS Ph.D. program offers a focus in Critical Indigenous Thought, Sustainable Community Building, and Comparative Studies in Indigenous Government, Policy, Identity, and Sustainability.  

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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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