Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture
Avg. Degree Length 4+ years
The Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture, or IAIA, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico since its founding in 1962, has offered both associate’s degrees and baccalaureate degrees since 2000. Although a large portion of students here identify themselves as Native American or Native Alaskan, anyone interested in the study and preservation of these cultures may enroll. A variety of rich, in-depth programs here include a B.A. in Indigenous Liberal Studies as well as B.F.A.’s in creative writing, studio arts, and new media arts. The 140-acre campus spans over 60,000 square feet of building space, as well as a dome theatre, bookstore, multiple conservation labs and a Center for Lifelong Education. Other resources include a fitness center, 24 family-housing apartments and even a dance circle; its breathtaking 360-degree mountain views make it an excellent site for weddings, powwows and other events. And students here are involved outside the classroom, too: they run clubs about everything from concerts and stickball to sculpture and an “Indigenous Think Tank.” Unique in its scope and mission, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture is an important gateway to a segment of history that’s frequently otherwise overlooked.