In the Classroom
In the classroom, our students engage with readings, discussions, and “lessons learned” from practicing experts that provide them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about preserving and presenting our collective past. Our best students recognize the exciting convergence of theory and practice across many fields and disciplines and we proactively modify our program to take advantage of their enthusiasm.
Collaborative multidisciplinary partnerships with Public Lands and Urban Sustainability Institutes, and Environmental Studies programs enhanced the integration of academic and public history in our department and expanded course offerings and collaborative funding opportunities.
UNLV offers a minor in public history at the MA and PhD level. Public history students take the colloquium in public history (H. 749) and its sister course, a seminar in public history (H. 750). These core courses typically run in the spring and then the fall and are linked by a summer internship (H. 795) that provides continuity to the experience. The core courses are project based and culminate in a major public history project. Past projects include historic site development for the National Park Service and for the Bureau of Land Management, oral history projects for the Department of Energy, a museum exhibition for the Nevada State Museum, and a cataloging and archiving project for the Culinary Union (Local 226). Additionally, students are required to take on additional graduate-level, public history course. Examples of course topics include oral history, material culture, environmental studies, urban history, and western history.
Examples of past and present syllabi:
Forced Relocation and the Owens Valley - Lee Hanover; The Moulin Rouge: A Symbol of Las Vegas' Civil Rights Struggle - Alan Mattay; Atomic Liquors - Billy Marino; The Goldfield Historic District - Anthony Graham; The Las Vegas Courthouse and Post Office - James Steele; Alamo Airways - Jesi Colston