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What will I learn in an anthropology degree program?

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 in the anthropology program

  • Archaeology

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

  • Biological

    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

    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.

  • Linguistics

    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.

  • Minor

    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:

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