Program Introduction

Established in 2000, the public history program at UNLV blends theory and practice in innovative and unconventional ways. From the seminar room to the field, we train graduate students to merge academic research and hands-on training; we integrate courses on digital history and cultural preservation with environmental topics and material culture studies; we collaborate with experts and organizations at UNLV, in the larger Las Vegas community, and beyond.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History
  • Ph.D. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Internship Requirements

A concentration on public history requires a 120 hour internship and associated reading.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

We have had paid internships and collaborative relationships with:
The Mob Museum
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The Liberace Foundation
State Historic Preservation Office
National partnerships with:
 The Museum@FIT in New York
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Other local partnerships with:
Nevada State Museum
The Neon Museum
Clark County School District
The Huntridge Foundation
Special Collections at Lied Library at UNLV
The Culinary Union
The Cosmopolitan
Clark County Museum
The Barrick Museum