Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

What is anthropology?

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.

Areas of emphasis


Archaeologists study the human past through the physical remains of past human activities. Everything from portable artifacts to plant remains illuminates human history.


Biological anthropologists, also known as physical anthropologists, study human evolution and variation. Specific emphasis is on mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human, adaptability, worldwide genetic and physical variation, primate anatomy and behavior and paleoanthropology.


Cultural anthropologists study the diversity of human cultures and societies and the process by which people construct local, regional and global forms of social relationships. Several of our faculty study the process by which people construct particular social identities, worldviews and form of community in a changing, globalizing world.


Linguistic anthropology is the study of language use in social life. Linguistic anthropologists study the diversity of the world's languages and the diversity of language use and other forms of communication in societies around the world. Also included in this is the study of cultural understanding of languages and language varieties.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in either archaeology, cultural, or physical anthropology. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary minor program by offering minors in the following areas:

Why study anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno?

The Department of Anthropology offers a number of exciting opportunities for students to become actively involved and engaged in real-world experiences. The anthropology club provides students with opportunities to socialize and share their interests in anthropology, by sponsoring or hosting field trips, speakers and social events.

In addition, the department has an anthropology museum that allows behind-the-scenes training in preparing exhibits and taking care of collections. The department also is home to two archeology laboratories 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.

Internship/career opportunities

A bachelor's degree in anthropology or advanced postgraduate master's or doctoral degree provide knowledge and experience useful for many different career choices. This includes: teachers, writers, researchers and museum curators, or they may choose to work in private industry, government, health care, law, foreign service, economics, law enforcement, social development, or heritage preservation.

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