Anthropology is a unique academic discipline that operates at the crossroads of the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities to examine the diversity of human experience across cultures and over time. Anthropologists in our department study everything from human evolution to prehistory to life in a globalizing world. Because of this breadth of focus, anthropology is highly relevant to understanding and living in a rapidly changing world.
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno is home to an active community of scholars including specialists in archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. We offer a wide range of courses in each of these sub-disciplines and many research opportunities for students. The department offers BA, MA and Ph.D. degrees, and our topical strengths span the sub-disciplines. Our strengths include prehistoric and historical archaeology, globalization, religion in society, identity and indigeneity, gender and kinship, dental anthropology, language and culture, and human ecology. Students have opportunities for training in the department's archaeology labs, physical anthropology lab, the UNR Anthropology Museum and several annual summer field schools.