Colgate’s study group to Santa Fe, New Mexico, focuses on the long history of native peoples in the American Southwest and the contemporary issues facing Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache peoples today.


On the Santa Fe study group, students spend a full academic semester living and learning in New Mexico. The group is accompanied by a Colgate faculty director who teaches part of the students’ course load.

Community-based learning is the heart of this program. Students engage squarely in Indian Country, making the program actually a term “abroad” despite being located in the United States.

Students walk along a rock face in the western United States

Academic Focus

The study group to Santa Fe is based in the Native American Studies Program. The specific focus of any given study group to Santa Fe will depend upon the Colgate faculty member who is directing the group. The directorship rotates between members of that academic program.

Given the nature of the courses and the rich resources of the Santa Fe area, it is an excellent program for students interested in environmental studies (including environmental injustice, alternative energy, water management, biodiversity), public health, education, creative writing, art, anthropology, and archaeology.

Affiliated Departments and Programs

The Santa Fe Study Group is affiliated with the following departments and programs, among which the faculty directorship of the group will rotate.

Upcoming and Recent Study Groups

Learn more about upcoming and recent study groups to Santa Fe on Colgate’s off-campus study portal, which includes details about the faculty directors, dates, and more:

Study Group History