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Anthropology examines the diversity of human experience across culture and time. Anthropologists in the department study everything from human evolution to pre-history 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.
Applicants for admission to the doctoral program must have either a Bachelor's or Master's degree in anthropology or a closely-related field and must satisfy all graduate school requirements and specific departmental requirements.
The program emphasizes the research strengths of the Department of Anthropology, as well as the ecology, evolution and conservation biology program; the gender, race and identity program; the Basque studies program; the Desert Research Institute (DRI); the historic preservation program; and other University system facilities.
The Department of Anthropology has an anthropology museum that allows behind-the-scenes training in preparing exhibits and taking care of collections. The department also is home to a physical anthropology lab, a linguistics lab, a prehistoric archeology lab and a historical archeology lab that provide experience in analyzing and studying artifacts and sites in the American West and Great Basin. The physical anthropology laboratory is well-equipped with a collection of fossil ancestral human specimens. Another laboratory is set up to study animal bones, tree-rings and other clues about past environmental changes.