BA in History

Why Study History at NSC?

Studying history is a journey of exploration. It is an exploration of our ancestors, an exploration into our communities and into our world, and an exploration of ourselves. At NSC, you will play an active role in this journey by taking classes taught by our award-winning faculty and by becoming not just a student of history, but a historian yourself.

History isn't simply remembering dates and names. It is an act of exploration and interpretation where you will use the relics of the past to try to figure out how things have changed over time. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artifacts left by people of other times and other places. History gives you the skills necessary to understand our complex world and helps analyze and write better, preparing you for careers in education, business, communications, government, law, museum work, and public service.

At NSC, this journey is geared toward student success. You won't just be stuck behind a desk taking notes from a lecture; you will be exploring documents, historical photographs, and old films. You will be making arguments and taking part in cutting-edge kinds of research such as our new undergraduate oral history project where students will be involved in actually taping and filming area residents as they retell our past. You will also prepare for success in professional world by exploring such options as our History Major with a Concentration in Pre-Law.

At NSC, the history faculty really get to know their students. You will have personalized attention from instructors who know your name and can write detailed letters of recommendation when you go on the job search. Our goal is to help you succeed.

What do you do with a History Degree?

Historians are prepared for a wide range of careers that involve writing, research, politics, archiving, museums, and more. Historians often work as: 

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Information Managers
  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
  • Government Researcher
  • Demographer
  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Government Program Administrators
  • Contract Historians
  • College Professors
  • Archeologists
  • Foreign Service Officers

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Shirli Brautbar, Nevada State College History Program Shirli Brautbar, PhD
Dr. Peter La Chapelle, Nevada State College History Program Peter La Chapelle, PhD


Where Alumni Work

Here are some of the places where NSC grads in History work and study:


  • Clark County School District
  • UNR Cooperative Extension


  • Oklahoma State
  • California State Polytechnic
  • UNLV

Other Degree Options

Degree Details (Student Tools)