The department offers an integrated curriculum across Anthropology's subfields (archaeology, biology, cultural anthropology). Four main themes are addressed by the department faculty including human adaptive strategies (especially to arid and other marginal environments); food and nutrition; biocultural approaches to childhood and parenting; and sexuality, gender, and identity. Regional specialties include Alaska, The American Southwest, Mojave Desert, the Near East and Mediterranean Basin (Turkey, Jordan, Anatolia), East Asia (China, Thailand) Africa, and Southwest Asia, Mesoamerica and Maya.
Archaeology: State Historic Preservation Society; Lost City Museum; Desert Springs Preserve, Caracol Belize (archaeology field site). Forensic Anthropology: Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner
Between 17-20 graduate assistantships, $15,250 plus waiver of most tuition and registration fees; Patricia Anne Rocchio, Edwards Olswang Scholarships, and Friends of World Anthropology awards are awarded annually additional assistantships occasionally available on individual faculty grants; work-study; part-time employment frequently available through Desert Research Institute.
Laboratories for prehistoric archaeology and biological anthropology. Archaeology labs include a Ceramic Analysis laboratory with facilities for petrographic study of sherds and experiments; zooarchaeology lab with a large comparative collection for analysis, and lithics lab with facilities for experiments and comparative analysis. Biological anthropology labs include nutrition and reproduction, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and skeletal biology, and human skeletal collections. Students also have access to university computer facilities. Internships are available with various local agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management and the State Historic Preservation Office, Desert Springs Preserve, and the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, Mesoamerican lab with collections from Santa Rita Corozal.
Intro to Biological Anthropology; Intro to Cultural Anthropology; Intro to World Archaeology; Evolution of Everything; Ethnographic Field Methods; Cultures Through Film; Magic, Witchcraft and Religion; Contemporary Chinese Society; Psychological Anthropology; Anthropology of Animals; Anthropology of Sport; Native Americans of the Southwest; History of Anthropology; Buddhism & Culture; Signifying Identities: Ethnicity, Nationality, Gender & Class; Anthropology of Men and Women; Nutritional Anthropology.