College of Liberal Arts Degrees & Programs

Anthropology

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

Applied Music

Students must successfully audition before the music faculty for entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree program with a major in applied music.

Art

Gallery photo Art offers a diverse program of undergraduate and graduate instruction in both art history and studio art.

Art History

The Art Department in the College of Liberal Arts offers a history of art major and minor.

Basque Studies

An undergraduate minor in Basque studies is offered through the Center for Basque Studies, part of the College of Liberal Arts.

Chinese Studies

The College of Liberal Arts offers an undergraduate minor in Chinese Studies under the direction of the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

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.

Criminal Justice Degrees

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Dance

A major or minor in dance features a combination of performance and education-based classes.

English

Frandsen Building The English department prepares students for a variety of professions that range from teaching to law, publication to management, public administration to technical writing.

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.

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.

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.

Japanese Studies

The College of Liberal Arts offers an undergraduate minor in Japanese studies under the direction of the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

Judicial Studies

Judge's chair and gavel 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

Lady Justice holding scale 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

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor is a great option to enhance a variety of majors while offering students a deeper look into ancient history.

Military Science

The overall objective of the ROTC program is to develop in the student/cadet--through both classroom theory and practical application--the necessary traits, knowledge, proficiency and experience in order to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.

Museum Studies

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

Music

Xylophone Music programs within the Department are dedicated to the professional training of students in music education, applied performance, and music history. The Department's dedication to student and faculty participation in ensemble performance reflects the belief that interactive rehearsals and live performances teach music students the technology and social dynamics of being a musician. It is in ensemble playing where musical ideas are animated individually, instrument by instrument, but shared as a collaborative experience with fellow musicians and with the listening audience.

Music Education

Jazz students in hallway Music Education programs not only enhance the student's personal skills as a musician, but also prepares the student for teaching others how to explore their own musical talents.

Neuroscience

Brain Scan Image Students and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno have the unique opportunity to study within this specialized area of research with access to cutting-edge technology, such as a new functional MRI facility—a partnership between our Center for Integrative Neuroscience and the Renown Health medical center.

Philosophy

Student thinking Philosophy is the study of disciplined thinking-the ability to read and listen critically, to address problems systematically, and to express ideas articulately.

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.

Theatre

The Theatre major is considered to be part academic discipline, part technical craft, and part art.

World Languages and Literature

Spanish flag The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers a graduate program for earning a Master of Arts in World Languages and Literature.