Chair's Welcome

The history department provides students with a broad knowledge of the human past and experience and the appreciation of diverse cultures crucial in a smaller and smaller world.

Welcome to the UNLV Department of History website, where you can learn more about our innovative and award-winning programs, meet our extraordinary community of scholar-teachers and dedicated staff, and hear from our alumni. As you will see, the history department supplies a critical component of a liberal arts education by providing a historically informed perspective on the contemporary world and the challenges that it faces.

The department’s broader objectives include:

  1. Transmitting the accumulated knowledge of the human past through formal teaching by tenured and tenure-track faculty at all levels of the curriculum;
  2. Generating and disseminating new knowledge of the past through innovative research;
  3. Training students in the skills of research, critical analysis, and effective communication;
  4. Contributing fundamentally to the university’s efforts to promote understanding of global, multicultural, and international issues; and
  5. Providing services to the local community as part of a robust relationship based on interdependence and reciprocity.

We’re delighted that you are taking the time to learn more about us and our programs.

Dr. Andy Kirk
Professor and Chair

Andy Kirk

Andy Kirk, Ph.D
Department Chair