Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 

Anthropology Major (BA)

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Anthropology Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Anthropology web page at www.unlv.edu/anthro/ for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/ba-anthropology

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at www.liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the basic tenets of anthropology and evolution (Encyclopedic knowledge).
  2. Study the different models of the social sciences to analyze individual and group behavior (Relativistic/pluralistic stance).
  3. Acquire knowledge about and understanding of the basic components of social and cultural living (Individual/collective reasoning).
  4. Students learn about the fundamental aspects of human biological, social, and cultural behavior, both past and present. Thanks to the commitment of our faculty, students are trained in a way that balances practical empirical, and theoretical approaches in anthropology.

University Graduation Requirements

Anthropology Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

 (see note 1 and 2 )

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-19

 Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements. A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Requirements - BA in Anthropology- Subtotal: 36-37 Credits

2. A minimum of one lab or field course from the following (3 credits):

3. A minimum of one theory course from the following (3 credits):

4. Selection of remaining credit hours from the above listed and/or from the following (15 credits):

Other Anthropology Requirements - Subtotal: 18 Credits

Social Science - Credits: 9
Fine Arts - Credits: 3
Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6 

General Electives - Credits: 25-29

(see note 1 and 2)

Total Credits: 120


  1. Selection of remaining credit hours for the major, college, and university requirements, and electives are left to the student. Students interested in graduate study should select these carefully and in consultation with their advisor.
  2. A total of at least 42 credits in upper-division course work (300-400 level) is required of all majors.

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