About the program
Great Plains Studies is an interdisciplinary/ intercollegiate program of the Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q Street. A major or minor in Great Plains Studies is a useful program for students who plan a career in business, education, planning, policy analysis, agriculture, public relations, marketing, and any profession or career where an in-depth understanding of the Plains region would be advantageous. Courses that comprise the program are based in the following cooperating departments: African American and African Studies; Agricultural Economics; Agronomy; Anthropology and Geography; Architecture; Art and Art History; Biological Sciences; Communication Studies; Community and Regional Planning; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; English; Ethnic Studies; History; Latino and Latin American Studies; Modern Languages and Literatures; Music; Native American Studies; Natural Resource Sciences; Political Science; Sociology; and Women and Gender Studies. Internships are strongly encouraged and may be used to fulfill major or minor requirements. The Frances W. Kaye Scholarship for $500 is awarded each year to a Great Plains major.
Director: Richard Edwards, 1155 Q Street, Room 306
Chief Adviser: Charles Braithwaite, 1155 Q Street, Room 504
"A place of expansive beauty"
"Growing up in the Northwest with its deep valleys, mountains, and trees, it was really a shock to see the expansive beauty of the Great Plains when I came here. But, as I worked on my dissertation and allowed myself to call it home, I now see the Great Plains as a place for historical accounts of success and struggle. And the great thing about the Plains is that it was that way for all peoples -- Native and non-Native. This is a place with rich history. Downtown Omaha in 1860 was a nexus of interactions between all these people, Native, non-Native, easterners looking for a 'Western' experience. And now, it's the silicon prairie. I love this place." -- Mikal Eckstrom, Great Plains Graduate Fellow, HistoryAPPLY