University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jun 26, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2021-2022

Anthropology, B.A.

Anthropology is the comparative and historical study of human origins and human societies and cultures.  Anthropology is a unique academic discipline that operates at the crossroads of the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities to examine the diversity of human experience across cultures and over time. Anthropologists in the UNR department study everything from human evolution to prehistory 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • distinguish and explain the central factors in human prehistory and evolution that are responsible for human cultural, physical, and linguistic diversity worldwide.
  • participate in and are able to evaluate the assumptions, purposes, methods, and results of anthropological research and scholarship.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the four subfields of Anthropology and their relevance to the discipline as a whole.
  • apply the methods of anthropological research and scholarship.

Contact Information

Anthropology Department
512 Ansari Business Building
(775) 784-6704

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (7 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (18 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Choose one course:

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Choose one course:

C. Global Context - CO11

Choose one course:

D. Ethics - CO12

Choose one course:

F. Application - CO14

Choose one course:

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

IV. Major Requirements (31 units)

At least 15 of these units must be upper-division units completed on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus.

A. Required Major (13 units)

B. Anthropology Major Electives (18 units)

Complete 18 units in ANTH courses numbered 201-499.

When ANTH 470 is taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum “Diversity & Equity - CO10” requirement above, at least 15 new units are required here.

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Anthropology Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts. 

VI. Electives (3-23 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan with an academic advisor.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (17 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Foreign Language 212 (3 units)
  • 100-200 Level Minor (6 units)
  • ANTH Elective (6 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • ANTH Elective (6 units)
  • 300-400 Level Minor (3 units)
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • Science, Technology & Society (3 units) CO9

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • ANTH Elective (3 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13 OR
  • General Elective (3 units)
  • 300-400 Level Minor (3 units)
  • Global Context (3 units) CO11
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)

  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13 OR
  • General Elective (3 units)
  • Application (3 units) CO14
  • ANTH Elective (3 units) 
  • 300-400 Level Minor (3 units)