Founded in 1967, this research center has acquired an international reputation among scholars across the disciplines for its contributions to the study, promotion and maintenance of Basque culture in all its aspects. Faculty and visiting scholars are engaged in research in anthropology, language and literature, nationalism, political science, history, women’s studies, emigration, and many other disciplines and fields of interest. The Jon Bilbao Basque Library is the largest collection of Basque-related materials in the Western Hemisphere. It is now a special collection within the University library, but it was initiated and nurtured by Basque Studies, as was the University Studies Abroad Consortium.
Today, the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies is a unique asset to the College of Liberal Arts, the University, the state, and the nation. Faculty in, Basque Studies disseminate their research through publications and conferences, as well as through classes, providing students at UNR with singular opportunities to study the Basques, their language, and their culture both in Europe and throughout the global Basque community.
The Center for Basque Studies Press provides access in the English language to Basque-related research by national and international scholars across numerous disciplines.
Undergraduates can obtain a Minor in Basque Studies, and highly motivated graduate students can pursue a doctorate through the Tutorial Ph.D.
Faculty members are recognized as global experts in their fields, and are often consulted by television, film, and news media for their insights on the Basques. In addition, special efforts are made to include the Basque community of the American West in the scope of research and outreach activities conducted by both faculty and staff.
Information on the minor, the Tutorial Ph.D., the library collection, or any other aspect of Basque Studies may be obtained by calling (775) 784-4854, or by visiting our website at http://basque.unr.edu .