Social Sciences and Humanities Degrees & Programs

Anthropology

Anthropologist making discoveries Anthropology is the comparative and historical study of human origins and human societies and cultures.

Communication Studies

The academic program in communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, emphasizes training in oral communication skills and the cognitive principles and strategies that support them.

Counseling and Educational Psychology

Students in classroom College of Education graduate degrees include emphases in marriage, family, and couples counseling; school counseling; clinical mental health therapy/counseling, and information technology in education.

Criminal Justice Degrees

A Criminal Justice degree can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Learn how you can get started.

Gender, Race and Identity

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race and Identity provides a curriculum that complements existing graduate programs both at the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. A Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Race and Identity 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.

Geography

Geography student in the snow The Department of Geography emphasizes the study of landscape change and human-environment interactions in arid and mountainous environments. Coursework emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography and encourages the use of geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, and cartography).

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.

International Affairs

The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary major for undergraduate students, as well as a venue for various community outreach projects.

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. The program offers a Master of Judicial Studies and a Ph.D.

Justice Management

The Master of Justice Management is 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 and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and Renaissance studies is an appropriate minor for students majoring in the following disciplines: anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and speech communication and theatre.

Museum Studies

The interdisciplinary program in Museum Studies offers students an opportunity to explore the expanding field of museum work and museum research.

Political Science

American flag Political science is the study of power and who wields it and to what end. Political science majors study how governments interact with individuals or other governments and examine the results of those interactions.

Public Administration

Reno skyline The major focus in the MPA course of study is on a professional education that links academic inquiry with career training and development.

Religious Studies

The University of Nevada, Reno offers an interdisciplinary minor in religious studies. Courses are offered in the departments of anthropology, art, dance, foreign languages, history, philosophy and sociology.

Social Psychology

Justice and Law Science The Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the oldest social psychology programs in the country.

Sociology

Manzanita Lake Sociology is the study of humans in their social groupings.