The University of Nebraska Undergraduate Program in History is dedicated to excellence in all phases of undergraduate education. Our world-class faculty is distinguished by its commitment to innovative approaches to teaching, learning and scholarship. The department strives to provide each Major with an"authentic learning" experience that is engaging, interactive, and relevant. It is our goal to help undergraduate Majors develop a critical understanding of the past and to consider the ways the past continues to impact the present and future. Along the way, Majors will also learn critical thinking, research, analysis and communication skills that will be useful throughout life.
The History Department offers several scholarships and awards to undergraduates.
The most substantial is the
Ed Hirsch Scholarship
, which is granted to one or two history majors each year. Recipients must have
taken at least 12 hours of history courses at UNL, possess at least a 3.0 GPA overall,
and demonstrate financial need. the
Dr. Vladimir Kucera Scholarship
is presented annually to a student who is studying Czech history, language, or literature,
or intends to travel to Czechoslovakia.
Glenn Gray Memorial Award
is presented to the outstanding history major of the year. The recipient receives
a cash award, a scroll, and his or her name inscribed on a a plaque. All of the
awards occur at the end of the spring semester. Application forms may be obtained
from the Undergraduate Advisor or the main History Department office.
It is possible to obtain academic credit from the History Department for internships
conducted with local historical societies, the State Historical Society of Nebraska,
the Nebraska State Government, or other institutions engaged in historical activity. Information
on agencies offering internship opportunities can be obtained at the UNL Cooperative
Education Office (345 Nebraska Union). To register and receive credit for History
398 (Internship in History), a student must receive prior approval from the Undergraduate
UCARE, funded by the Pepsi Endowment, offers opportunities for undergraduates to
work alongside faculty members and directly participate in the campus's research
or creative activities. Undergraduates may apply for UCARE awards to incorporate
a research or creative experience into their undergraduate education. For more information
visit the website at http://www.unl.edu/ucare/.
Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society. To join you need to have
completed 12 hours of history, have a grade point average of 3.1 in history and
an overall grade point average of 3.0. If you meet these requirements, see the Chief
Undergraduate Advisor about becoming a member. Membership entitles you to participate
in the organization's activities and receive the journal, The Historian.