This website has been prepared to introduce our Department to you, the new or prospective distance education student. After a brief introduction to our community, we'll review the Department's history, providing background information on the Department and the current courses that are offered. The Graduate Program Procedures section explains the role of the distance education committee, the requirements for M.S. degree, and the comprehensive examinations. We will then discuss the types of financial assistance that are available. Finally, we'll provide a current list of Faculty and Department program areas.
Nebraska is located in the east-central region of the Great Plains. Bounded by the Missouri River on the east, the state offers a variety of scenery from the farming area in the east to the rolling Sandhills and the mountainous qualities of the Wildcat Hills and Pine Ridge area in the western panhandle. In total, the state has an area of 77,407 square miles.
Nebraska was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867, as the 37th state. The state has had five capitols: two territorial capitols in Omaha and three state capitols in Lincoln. The present capitol is an internationally-recognized architectural achievement. Built on a pay-as-you-go basis, the capitol cost approximately 10 million dollars when it was completed in 1932. State senators are elected to the Unicameral, Nebraska's unique one-house (Senate) legislature, on a nonpartisan basis.
Much of Nebraska's industrial base is agriculturally related. Sales of livestock items such as cattle, hogs, and dairy products account for almost two-thirds of Nebraska's farm income; whereas the major crops (corn, soybeans, wheat, and sorghum) account for the other one-third. Food processing and manufacturing of durable goods such as capacitors, electrical machinery, farm equipment, metal buildings and automotive parts are principal industries. Travel and tourism also are important economic sectors.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated population of Nebraska in 2014 was 1,881,503. Omaha and Lincoln, the largest and second largest cities, respectively, are located in the eastern third of the state where over 78 percent of the population resides.
Nebraska Landscape video.
Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, has a population of approximately 250,000 and offers some of the finest cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities in the region. There are several art galleries in Lincoln including Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, which houses one of the nation's finest collections of 20th century American art. In addition to their own musical and dramatic productions, the University of Nebraska and other major colleges enhance Lincoln's youthful vitality by providing a variety of nationally and internationally known ballets, symphonies, choral performances, theater troupes, and foreign films.
The Lied Center for the Performing Arts on City Campus is the focus of many cultural events in Lincoln. A number of night spots in downtown Lincoln regularly host live jazz, rhythm and blues, and folk music, including artists from throughout the United States. Historical attractions abound within the city and nearby surrounding areas which may be enjoyed throughout the year. The city has over 5,000 acres of parkland, with swimming pools, golf courses, and tennis courts around the city. The Lincoln Children's Zoo with the Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the finest children's zoos in the nation.
Many sporting events, including Husker football, the Junior Olympics, AAU swimming and track meets, NCAA Gymnastics, National Roller Skating Championships, and horse racing are hosted by the city of Lincoln.
Lincoln is large enough to provide superb hospitals, shopping facilities, restaurants, and other services, but small enough to maintain a community atmosphere.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is Nebraska's largest educational institution. Founded as a land- grant university in 1869, UNL's primary mission has three aspects: teaching, research, and extension. UNL also actively supports the fine arts and various athletic programs.
UNL consists of eleven undergraduate colleges and a Graduate College with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 students. The undergraduate colleges are Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Division of General Studies, Engineering and Technology, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, General Studies, Education and Human Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communications, Nursing, and Public Affairs and Community Service. These colleges offer bachelor degrees in more than 100 subject areas. The Graduate College offers many programs which lead to masters, professional, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University has two campuses; the City Campus and the East Campus. The City Campus is the main campus where the University's administration is located and the majority of undergraduate classes are held. East Campus classes are primarily related to agriculture but also include the Colleges of Law and Dentistry, and the Barkley Memorial Center for speech and hearing.
The foundation for graduate education is research. The faculty and students at UNL are in the forefront of developing new technology and remain aware of the rapid, expanding knowledge in many fields such as entomology.
One of the University's major commitments is disseminating newly acquired knowledge. The Extension Division, and Extended Education and Outreach are two important programs conducted by UNL faculty and staff to educate the people of Nebraska.
The athletic program at UNL has gained national prominence. The Nebraska Cornhusker football team has brought in some of the best teams in the nation to compete in Memorial Stadium. The men's basketball, baseball, track, swimming, wrestling, and gymnastic teams and the women's volleyball, track, gymnastics, and softball teams are strong conference, and often national, contenders. A wide variety of intramural athletic programs also are available to students.
On the cultural side UNL offers an array of activities. The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Kimball Recital Hall, Temple Theater complex, University of Nebraska State Museum, and the Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection are among the cultural attractions available.