May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

Anthropology Major (BA)

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Anthropology Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Anthropology is the study of the complete human experience- past, present, and future. Success in the 21st century requires an understanding of cultural diversity and evolutionary foundations of human behavior and biology within an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Anthropology is especially well suited to provide this perspective through its holistic approach to understanding humanity across time and space. The UNLV Department of Anthropology is committed to academic research and scholarship, the public interest, and graduate and undergraduate education in pursuit of this goal. With a comprehensive and well-integrated curriculum, we are committed to teaching and training students in a way that balances methodological and theoretical approaches in anthropology. Our department also significantly contributes to the mission of the university by offering courses and research programs that are relevant both locally and globally, and by providing an understanding of our shared humanity while acknowledging the remarkable diversity of human cultures around the world.

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Anthropology web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

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: 35-46 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

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
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one with a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

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:

Major Requirements - BA in Anthropology- Subtotal: 39-40 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: 16-28

(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.
  3. Any one of the following lab or filed courses: ANTH 438  , ANTH 447  , ANTH 448B  , ANTH 449A  , ANTH 449B  , ANTH 449D  , ANTH 462  , ANTH 464  , ANTH 492  are milestone courses for   Anthropology B.A.

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