The History Department seeks first to provide students with a broad knowledge of the human past and experience and with an appreciation of diverse cultures crucial in a smaller and smaller world. A degree in history also provides students with the skills necessary for success in a wide range of careers and professions ranging from business to law, social services, and education. These skills include training in the collection, analysis, and evaluation of information; critical thinking; clarity of expression orally and in writing; and the ability to make independent judgments. Finally, the department seeks to train majors in the specific skills and knowledge necessary for public school teaching and for graduate study in history or in professional schools.
The Department of History at UNLV has offered an M.A. degree since 1968 and in 1991 inaugurated a Ph.D. program. Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, business, law, administration, professional writing, museum work, and government service. Graduate degrees from UNLV have been especially helpful to those pursuing teaching careers in secondary schools and community colleges. The history faculty, which includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars, offers a wide range of topical and geographical courses. At the same time, the faculty is dedicated to providing each student with the individual attention necessary for a rewarding graduate experience.