Specialization in Great Plains Studies

Description

The Great Plains Studies interdepartmental area of specialization fosters the study of people and the environment in the sparsely populated Great Plains. This vast region stretches westward from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains, and northward from the Rio Grande into the Canadian prairie provinces. The specialization is facilitated through the College of Arts and Sciences by the Center for Great Plains Studies, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary, intercollegiate, regional research and teaching center in the United States, and the only interdisciplinary program chartered by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for all campuses of the University.

Objective

The objective of the Great Plains Studies Interdepartmental Area of Specialization is to provide an understanding of the complex and unique features of the Great Plains. It is anticipated that students interested in this specialization may wish to pursue careers in some aspect of the Plains region such as agriculture, anthropology, architecture, art history, communication, cultural traditions, economics, education, geography, history and historical archives, natural resource sciences, community planning, policy analysis, various types of scientific research, textile research, and include a knowledge of regional literary accomplishments.

 

Departments Participating

Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication; Agronomy; Anthropology/Geography; Architecture; Communication Studies; Community and Regional Planning; Economics; English; Geosciences; History; Natural Resource Sciences; Teaching, Learning and Teachers Education; and Textiles, Clothing and Design.

Masters Degree Program Requirements

A masters-level specialization in Great Plains Studies is available to any student accepted to pursue a master's degree within a participating department or program. Successful completion of the requirements will be indicated on the student's final transcript in parentheses following name of the student's academic discipline. For example: Community and Regional Planning (Great Plains Studies).

The masters degree will be granted in one of the basic disciplines. The student must be formally registered in one of the departments giving approval to offer the option of the specialization.

Admission to the program will follow a two-step process. Student files will be reviewed for admission to the participating departmental program. Following acceptance by the Graduate Committee, the student's files will be forwarded to the Board of Governors of the Center for Great Plains Studies for admission to the Great Plains specialization. One member of the student's examining committee will be a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Each student will be required to complete:

  1. A masters degree in one of the participating departments or programs
  2. Nine (9) credit hours of great plains related courses from departments outside the student's major department as listed in the specialization program
  3. The 9 credit hours must include the Seminar in Great Plains Studies (GPSP 800, 3 cr)
  4. Under any Option (I, II, or III) there should be a Great Plains component. For instance, when a student completes Option I (thesis), that thesis should present some issue/s relevant to the Great Plains
Departments Participating

Agricultural Economics; Agronomy; Communication Studies; Economics; English; Geography; Geosciences; History; Natural Resource Sciences; Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education; and Textiles, Clothing and Design.

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

A doctoral-level specialization is available to any student accepted to pursue a Ph.D. degree within any of the participating departments. Successful completion of the requirements will be indicated on the student's final transcript in parentheses following the name of the student's academic discipline. For example: English (Great Plains Studies).

The doctoral degree will be granted in one of the basic disciplines. The student must be formally registered in one of the departments giving approval to offer the option of the specialization.

Admission to the program will follow a two-step process. Student files will be reviewed for admission to the participating departmental program. Following acceptance by the Graduate Committee, student files will be forwarded to the Board of Governors of the Center for Great Plains Studies for admission to the Great Plains specialization. One member of the student's examining committee will be a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Each student will be required to complete:

  1. A doctoral degree in one of the participating departments or programs
  2. Fifteen (15) credit hours of great plains related courses from departments outside the student's major department as listed in the specialization program. No more than six (6) hours should be in one department
  3. The 15 credit hours must include the Seminar in Great Plains Studies (GPSP 800, 3 cr)
  4. The dissertation should present some issue/s relevant to the Great Plains

Courses in Great Plains Studies comprising the interdisciplinary component of the student's program of study are listed below by department. Course descriptions and prerequisites are contained in the appropriate departmental listings. With approval of the Supervisory Committee, a student may take courses cross-listed with an outside department to meet program requirements.