Welcome to the Department of English site for Prospective Students! The study of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is about reading and writing--and much more. Students major in English at UNL to better understand the world that we live in, to develop critical thinking and analytic skills, and to write in ways appropriate to multiple contexts and audiences.

English majors study literature, but also history, popular culture, digital media, and film. They engage with these texts imaginatively, studying genre and craft in order to write novels, essays, poetry, memoirs, or film scripts. Or they might engage with these texts for the purpose of social critique, to discover the ways culture impacts our understanding of ourselves and others so that we can motivate social and political change.

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.


Kenneth is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He likes to do undergraduate research and hopes to be a professor some day.


Hannah is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Someday, she would like a career in the publishing industry. She was an intern with the University of Nebraska Press.


Dillon is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He had an internship at The Prairie Schooner literary magazine and is now the opinion editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper. Dillon studied abroad in China. Hear why he chose UNL.

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.