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  • Anthropology

    Anthropology is a unique 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. Because of this breadth of focus, anthropology is highly relevant to understanding and living in a rapidly changing world.

  • Arabic Language & Middle Eastern cultures

    In this undergraduate minor program, students will not only learn the Arabic language but also get a broad understanding of Middle Eastern culture and politics. A minor in Arabic language & Middle Eastern cultures enriches a variety of majors that value an understanding of foreign language and culture.

  • Art

    Instruction combines studio and art history classes with diverse studies in the liberal arts. Full discipline concentrations in the areas of art education, art history, ceramics, digital and time-based media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture are available, as well as experiences in the areas of performance art, gallery management and videography.

  • Art History

    This program includes courses spanning the ancient world to the present with emphasis on the Middle Ages to global contemporary art. Students are introduced to a range of different methodological models and critically examine how art, architecture, design and visual culture intersect with social, cultural, political and economic contexts.

  • Basque Studies

    The Center for Basque Studies is an international study center dedicated to research into and publishing on Basque topics. We provide basic Basque language instruction, give classes on many Basque topics, host international scholars and conferences, promote research, offer a Ph.D. and undergraduate minor, and publish a wide variety of books.

  • Chinese Studies

    Students in the undergraduate minor in Chinese Studies in the World Languages and Literatures Department not only learn the Chinese language, but get an understanding of the culture, history and economy of China and Asia. A minor in Chinese will enhance a student's major, providing cultural context to a variety of professions.

  • Communication Studies

    The academic program in communication studies emphasizes training in oral communication skills and the cognitive principles and strategies that support them. The refinement of communication skills in public, interpersonal, small group and organizational contexts is central to both personal and professional growth.

  • Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary field, drawing on theory developed in sociology, law, psychology, political science and related fields. Those who major in the field commonly advance to careers as police officers, lawyers, judges, probation officers or detectives, to name just a few possibilities.

  • Dance

    The dance major allows students to engage in dance training and develop a deep understanding of the historical, cultural and performative lineage underpinning the field of dance. Students pursuing this major will combine the cognitive and kinetic skills necessary to enter the field as dance practitioners, makers, educators, administrators and/or scholars.

  • English

    The Department of English offers programs leading to the degree of bachelor of arts, master of arts, master of fine arts and doctor of philosophy in English. The programs provide a strong liberal arts education; prepare students for careers in education, writing, business, publishing and more; and enable them to compete for graduate programs.

  • French

    Students majoring in French gain advanced speaking, reading and writing skills in the language, as well as knowledge of French and francophone literature and film. A major or minor in French is a great way to understand international relations and helps provide context to international subjects.

  • Gender, Race & Identity

    Want to explore questions of identity, culture, race, gender or sexuality? The Gender, Race and Identity program provides a curriculum that will be of benefit to students who are pursuing a graduate degree in other areas, including business, history, social work, social psychology, psychology and sociology.

  • Historic Preservation

    Historic preservation is a rapidly expanding field devoted to the understanding, recording, preservation, restoration or adaptive reuse of significant objects, buildings, sites, neighborhoods, districts or engineering works that reflect a portion of the nation's historic and prehistoric cultural heritage. Particular emphasis is placed on the heritage of Nevada and the American West.

  • History

    Programs in the department of history offer students the understanding of the scholarly discipline of history through the expansion of historical knowledge, the comprehension of historiography and the practice of critical inquiry. Framing the questions that define particular scholarly debates underlies critical analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • International Affairs

    The international affairs program draws courses from a variety of academic disciplines to provide students many perspectives on their area of study. Students have flexibility in planning a curriculum suited to their particular interests and career goals, including courses from a variety of departments.

  • Italian Studies

    From the Renaissance to contemporary Italian culture, the Italian studies program covers a lot more than just the language itself. Students learn grammar, vocabulary, conversation, composition, history and more in this program offered through the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

  • Japanese Studies

    The College of Liberal Arts offers an undergraduate minor in Japanese studies in the World Languages and Literatures Department. Students learn the Japanese language and will be immersed in its history and culture. A minor in Japanese is a great option for students looking to enhance their chosen majors with an international emphasis.

  • Judicial Studies

    As the challenges facing our court systems mount, it is essential that the judiciary be equipped for transition. At the forefront of this movement is the highly successful Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, one of only two such programs offered nationwide.

  • Justice Management

    This a special degree program offering a broad selection of courses including foundation courses in justice theory and process, essentials of justice management and courses specific to areas of concentration such as juvenile justice management, adult justice management and executive court and agency administration.

  • Medieval & Renaissance Studies

    Medieval and Renaissance studies is appropriate for students majoring in the following disciplines: anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, world languages and literatures, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, speech communication and theatre. This interdisciplinary program provides students with historical context and unique analytical skills to understand western culture and ancient history.

  • Military Science

    The military science programs offers students a combination of classroom theory and practical application. The program instills the necessary traits of a lifetime leader – knowledge, proficiency and experience – to prepare students to graduate as a Second Lieutenant. Military science students gain invaluable experience designed to be used in any environment.

  • Museum Studies

    The museum studies program offers students an opportunity to explore the expanding field of museum work and museum research. The minor is designed to provide an introduction to the field, exposure to some of the skills and techniques required of a career museologist and an initial apprenticeship experience in a museum setting.

  • Music

    The Department of Music boasts a faculty of world-class performers and scholars committed to providing a creative, vibrant and challenging center for artistic development. The Department's dedication to student and faculty ensemble performances reflects the belief that interactive rehearsals and live performances teach students the technology and social dynamics of being a musician.

  • Pack Teach

    The Pack Teach program is a dual degree program that prepares students to become licensed secondary education teachers. This four-year program offers students the opportunity to gain a strong liberal arts education, excellent preparation in their content area discipline, as well as the foundational and applied knowledge for instruction.

  • Philosophy

    The philosophy program prepares students for disciplined thinking. Students gain the tools necessary to read and listen critically, to reason appropriately and engage in confident expression. Our department is an active and friendly one, combining philosophical rigor with an open and receptive relationship to students.

  • Political Science

    Political science is the study of power, who wields it and to what end. Program majors study how governments interact with individuals or other governments and examine the results. The study of politics is an essential component of a liberal arts preparation for citizenship and leadership in a democratic society.

  • Public Administration

    This program prepares people for careers in public administration and policy analysis. It improves managerial competence of persons presently in public service through the advanced study of administrative processes and problems and provides an increased understanding of policy issues and research skills.

  • Religious Studies

    Students in this program learn about religions around the world; read religious texts, commentaries and analyses, and reflect on their meaning and importance; and discuss the concept of religion, its origin and construction, its power both to show and hide the phenomena it denotes.

  • Social Psychology

    The social psychology program applies rigorous psychological and sociological scholarship to better understand the processes, structures and contexts that shape social interactions. Our interdisciplinary focus allows students to experience a wide range of perspectives in the field of social psychology.

  • Sociology

    Sociology is the study of humans in their social groupings. Students learn to examine the development of social classes, gender roles, racial prejudices, social analysis of politics, economic structure, the development of modern industrial society, and a variety of other issues relevant to the study of society and social structure.

  • Spanish

    The College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Spanish. Students will not only learn the Spanish language but also get a broad understanding of Hispanic-American and U.S. Latino culture and literature. A major or minor in Spanish is very beneficial in the professional world.

  • Theatre

    The theatre major is part academic discipline, part technical craft and part art. It requires students to learn and explore facts and concepts, encourages students to develop technical proficiencies and supports students in their own personal development. This program strives to provide students with a balanced experience as theatre scholars, technicians and artists.

  • Women's Studies

    This interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts provides students with an understanding of women in historical and contemporary contexts and an exploration of gender as it influences scholarship and human relations. The program is multicultural, emphasizing the intersection of race, class, sexuality, gender and ethnicity.

  • World Languages & Literature

    The World Languages and Literatures Department helps students to master another language and immerses them in the culture of which they study. Students who graduate from the program are able to communicate effectively with indigenous people and are culturally aware of their behaviors.