Susan BelascoWelcome to the Department of English site for Prospective Students! Here you will find a wealth of information about our undergraduate program. Are you interested in creative writing? Check out the courses that we offer in writing prose and poetry, as well as opportunities to submit your creative work to our student literary magazine, Laurus, or work on our internationally known literary journal, Prairie Schooner. Are you interested in honing your research and expository writing skills? Check out the many courses we offer in composition and rhetoric, and visit our Writing Center, located in Andrews 115. If you are interested in studying literature, we offer a wide variety of courses--everything from Shakespeare to Native American Literature to Children's Literature. One of our specialties is the cutting-edge field of Digital Humanities-the use of emerging technologies to study, analyze and create texts, collaborate on projects using digital tools, and develop new ways of thinking about what the task of being a humanist can be. Check out, for example, one of our new courses, "Being Human in a Digital World." Finally, we are interested in helping you explore career opportunities. Being an English major, as we like to say, is a way to explore the world.

Susan Belasco
Professor and Chair,
Department of English


Advising Resources

Advising Center

The English Advising Center exists to help you succeed in your undergraduate career at UNL. Follow this link to find about meet the department advisor, view office hours and location, and access the resources and forms available in the Advising Center.

Career Spotlight

Hosted by various majors within the humanities and social science department, this special event brings together a panel of alumni to share their experiences within their respective fields and offer advice on navigating both professional networking and career building skills in the humanities.

ENGL100: Career Planning for English Majors

Starting in the spring semester of 2013, this new course will  be offered to al students who are in the beginning stages of an English major. Designed as an orientation to the major, students will develop a working knowledge of the academic and professional work required of the degree and will leave the class armed with intellectual and civic skills necessary for today’s global economy.

Freshman Advising Event

Every Fall semester, the English Undergraduate Advising Office  hosts a special advising event for new English majors and freshman in the department.  Together with major advisers from History, Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences advising center, students can meet one-on-one with an adviser to ask questions about the enrollment process and to consult about their next semester’s academic schedule.

Gaining Experience

In the Spring semester, the advising office sponsors an interdisciplinary panel that explores the how to add professional experience to the English major through internships.  Students are encouraged to ask questions of the panel and leave the event with a better knowledge of the variety of opportunities available and ready to find the intership that is best for them.

Preparing for Graduate School

This event brings together a panel of speakers experienced with preparing for the graduate application process, including a current graduate student and the career services representative.. 

Making the Most of your major

There are a number of advantages to getting involved in our department! Not only do you have the opportunity to build camaraderie with your peers and create relationships with faculty mentors  but you can also participate in ongoing events that will enrich your own academic program.

Department Events

To find out more about current events and activities, visit the department events calendar or "like" us on our Facebook page.

Visiting writers

Recent writers and poets include ZZ Packer, Randall Kenan, Alicia Ostriker and Nikola Madzirov

Robert Knoll Lecture

The Knoll Lectures bring renowned scholars to the university to talk about relevant literary topics .  All faculty, students, staff, and members of the public are invited.  The series commemorates the late Dr. Robert Knoll, a distinguished professor of English.  Recent speakers include Brad Morrow, Marjorie Perloff, and Achsah Guibbory.

Humanities on the Edge


The Humanities on the Edge lecture series is co-organized by Dr. Marco Abel and Dr. Roland Végső. Guest scholars lecture about various theoretical topics in the humanities.  Recent speakers include Sarah Geyer, Sande Cohen, and Michael Hardt.

Literary League

Recognized Student Organizations are a fantastic way to meet peers with interests similar to your own.  The Literary League is open to any UNL student who has an interest in literary studies.  The group hosts distinguished guest speakers, participates in philanthropic book drives, and much more!


For a complete listing of courses offered in the department, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.

For a listing of courses offered in the current semester, visit the Courses link on the English Department website.

Adventures in English
Check out our prospective student newsletter Adventures in English! A brief account of the extraordinary, intriguing, and sometimes even glamorous world of English at UNL.
Last year's newsletter can be found here.