"To see the world in a grain of sand has always been one of the goals of philosophers and scientists and poets, and it is the goal of the Center for Great Plains Studies. We cannot live in the global village without first understanding our own roots and perspectives. We know the world by knowing our small part of it, and we read the varieties of the cultures and environments of our globe, so different from Nebraska’s, through our own point of view. We must understand our own place before we can understand the world. People who do not know first who they are will never quite know what they see."

— Frances W. Kaye
Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


A major or minor in Great Plains Studies may be a useful program for students who plan a career in business, education, law, planning, policy analysis, agriculture, or history in the plains region. Great Plains Studies graduates have found employment in the Nebraska State Historical Society, the National Park Service, the Nebraska Humanities Council, the University of Nebraska, and businesses such as Cabela’s and Sandhills Publishing.

The Program

Because of its diverse nature, the Great Plains Studies major draws from departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences as well as other colleges at UNL. Courses that comprise the program are based in the departments of Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy and Horticulture, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Biological Sciences, Community and Regional Planning, English, Geography, Geosciences, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Political Sciences, and Sociology.