University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Dept. of History
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5020
American Indian, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Near East and Islam, U.S., and U.S. West
The Doctor of Philosophy in History is the ultimate expression of the History Department's mission to generate and disseminate new knowledge of the past through research, reflection and publication. The doctoral program in History at UNLV has two tracks: the History of the American West; and the Cultural and/or Intellectual History of the United States or Europe. Students enter one of the two tracks, though they may do coursework in both. The majority of the doctoral students also do a field in Public History. The degree aims at providing graduates with the capacity for original research and thought as demonstrated by the completion of a doctoral dissertation of substantial length combining imagination and excellence.
Special Programs or Resources
Through the Public History program and various other Public History faculty initiatives, doctoral students are provided opportunities for paid research internships at various National Parks and other important historical sites.
The Lied Library Special Collections house the nation's largest collection of materials on gaming. Lied Library also houses a very extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century western American newspapers.
The department has a number of Graduate Assistantship positions available to incoming PhD and MA students. The majority of these positions are Teaching Assistantships, though some Research Assistantships are also available. Doctoral students upon completion of qualifying examinations have the opportunity to receive additional funding in the capacity of Graduate Teaching Associates; these positions allow doctoral students to offer their own introductory level survey courses. The department also has an active public history program that includes many opportunities to secure project-specific funding.
Requirements include United States History, European History: Culture and Society, Foreign Language Requirement, Written and Oral Qualifying Examinations, Prospectus Colloquium, Dissertation. A total of at least 69 credits (this includes 12 credits of dissertation credits) beyond the BA or at least 51 credits beyond the MA (this includes 12 credits of thesis credits) are required. Further details can be found at history.unlv.edu/graduate2.html.
Information from Department of Education
(Includes information on the size, location, and general characteristics of faculty and student body)
Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
(Includes rating of the institution's rating of the graduate instructional program and size and setting)
Full-time Faculty: 25
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 21
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 85%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 88
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1996
History PhDs conferred to Date: 22
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 1
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012