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Minor in Basque Studies

The Basque Studies minor provides students with an introduction and exposure to one of the unique ethnic heritages of Europe and the American West.

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Tutorial Ph.D.

The Basque Studies Ph.D. allows students to specialize in an area of anthropology, world languages and literatures, geography, political science or history.

Grants and scholarships for Basque Studies

Begoña Aretxaga travel stipend

The Begoña Aretxaga travel stipend, in the amount of $1,500, was named in honor of Begoña Aretxaga, esteemed colleague and advisory board member of the Center for Basque Studies, who passed away in 2002. The stipends were conceived to facilitate travel for scholars with an interest in Basque studies to come to Reno to conduct research Preference is given to researchers coming during the academic year (September to December and January to May).

To apply, interested people should send a research proposal of 1,200 words (two pages) to by March 15. Please include "Aretxaga Travel Stipend" in the subject line. Duration of stay will be determined by the recipient, but it is assumed that it will be at least one month. Typically two stipends are awarded annually, but this may vary from resources from year to year. For further information, please contact the Center for Basque Studies.

Undergraduate grants

The center also provides two undergraduate scholarships annually. Both are part of the University of Nevada, Reno scholarship pool. Please fill out the general undergraduate scholarship application located in the supplemental forms on MyNevada to be considered. The two scholarships are:

Peter Echeverria scholarship

The Peter Echeverria scholarship is aimed at students of Basque descent. First preference shall be to Nevada residents of Basque descent. However, if no suitable Nevada resident of Basque descent is eligible, students of Basque descent from other states may be awarded the scholarship. If no Basque students are eligible, other applicants are considered for the award without regard to ethnicity. Applicants shall also demonstrate financial need, must register as full-time students at the University of Nevada, Reno and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Dolores Saval Trigero scholarship

The Dolores Saval Trigero scholarship is aimed at students that are Nevada residents of Basque descent, preferably from a rural area (excluding Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas). However, if no suitable rural Nevada student of Basque descent is eligible, students of Basque descent from Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas may be awarded the scholarship and if no Basque students are eligible, other Nevada students are considered for the award without regard to ethnicity. Applicants shall also demonstrate financial need and must be full-time students at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Mentors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Core Curriculum, CLA language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic recovery for low University GPA
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty mentors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (as part of summer orientation advising) and throughout the first year.

Faculty mentors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty mentors. The faculty mentors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty mentors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty mentor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty mentors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.