19 new programs join University academics

New programs include a doctorate in mathematics, a major in dance, a minor in Middle Eastern studies and more

The University continually adds to their list of academic programs, offering more opportunities for students to learn and succeed

Students walking outside Mackay Science in the fall leaves

Nineteen new majors, minors, doctorate degrees and certificate programs have been added to the more than 160 degree programs available to students at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The new programs include a dance major, Ph.D. in mathematics, cinema and media studies minor and more.  Below are some highlighted programs for students.

Dance Major

The School of the Arts has added a dance major, where students will be able to take part in advanced practice of dance training, along with learning cultural and historical aspects of dance. 

UNR dancers in studio

"I am very eager and enthusiastic to see this new major come on board," Scronce said. "It has been a long, hard road to get this program up and running.  The dance faculty, instructors and staff have shown great perseverance and dedication that is now paying off in exciting ways."

To find out more, visit the dance major degree program page.

Cinema and Media Studies Minor

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts is adding a cinema and media studies minor, which introduces students to new ways of analyzing film.  Students have the possibility to study a variety of genres, directors and history of film.  To find out more, visit the general catalog page.

NevadaTeach Majors

NevadaTeach is adding three new dual degree programs to their list. Students can earn a bachelor of science in atmospheric sciences or geography in the College of Science, a bachelor of science in environmental science though the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, and pair any of the three with a bachelor of science in secondary education in the College of Education. Students who want to teach can earn two degrees in four years, with a degree in their content major as well as a degree in secondary education.

NevadaTeach Program Coordinator Roxanne Piskel hopes that the new majors will meet the demand of students and faculty.

"We have students who are in a STEM major, not necessarily covered by a NevadaTeach program who also want to major in education," Piskel said. "Many students are also listening to recommendations from faculty who are with the Washoe County School District providing input on what they're looking for in future teachers."

Learn more about NevadaTeach programs.

Ph.D. in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Science is adding a Ph.D. in mathematics.  Students have the option to study either pure mathematics or applied mathematics, and will develop and apply numerical methods to multidisciplinary collaborative projects in engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology economics and other areas.

Find out more about the program and about the Department of Mathematics & Statistics

The University's list of academic programs is continually growing, offering students more opportunities to discover their career goals. To learn more about some of the new programs offered, visit the program's degree pages located in the related programs box. For a complete list of academic programs offered by the University, visit the degrees and programs website.

Check below for the complete list of new programs offered started in fall 2017:

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

  • Nevada Teach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. & Environmental Science, B.S.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Middle Eastern Studies Minor


    • Cinema and Media Analysis Minor

Political Science

    • Secondary Education B.A.Ed., and Political Science, B.A.

Theatre and Dance

    • Dance, B.A. 

World Languages and Literatures

    • Spanish Language, Culture and Literature Minor
    • Spanish Language and Society Minor
    • Spanish (Language and Society Specialization), B.A.



    • Geography Globalization, Politics and Place Minor
    • Geography (Globalization, Politics and Place Specialization), B.A. 
    • NevadaTeach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. and Geography, B.S.
    • Geography Climate Studies Minor

Mathematics and Statistics

    • Statistics and Data Science, Ph.D.
    • Mathematics, Ph.D.


    • NevadaTeach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. and Atmospheric Science, B.S.

Community Health Sciences

  • Public Health Practice. M.P.H.

School of Medicine - Office of Medical Education

  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies


Teacher Education/Human Development

    • Post Baccalaureate Program in Early Childhood Education
    • Secondary Education B.A.Ed. and Spanish (Language and Society Specialization), B.A.
    • NevadaTeach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. and Atmospheric Science, B.S.
    • NevadaTeach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. and Geography, B.S.
    • Nevada Teach Secondary Education B.S.Ed. & Environmental Science, B.S.
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