Graduate Fellows
Understand the Great Plains

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

"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
Great Plains graduate student

"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, History