Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • French
  • German (M.A. only)
  • Spanish

Modern Languages and Literatures

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Rigoberto Guevara
  • Graduate Secretary
    Ms. Casandra Siefkes
  • Department Address
    1111 Oldfather Hall
    Lincoln NE 68588-0315

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Modern Languages and Literatures in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample and voice recording in target language
  • Use GAMES for online submission of materials
Please see the department's application checklist for specific information regarding letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample and voice recording.

Application Deadline

   Fall: February 1   Spring: October 1

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers graduate degrees with specializations in German, French, and Spanish. The program allows for combining broad courses in literature, specialized seminars, interdisciplinary or supportive work in other fields, languages, and research.

Graduate assistants hone their teaching skills in a seminar on methodology and by working closely with course coordinators. The department hosts research conferences and participates in university programs such as the digital texts initiative, Latin American studies, and study abroad.

As a department housing many languages, it is possible for graduate students to teach in more than one language and to do significant advanced study in the literature of a second foreign language which may lead to a minor in a second language at the M.A. level or a Ph.D. dissertation with a multinational focus.

Some online courses are available in this program.

Courses and More

Students in Modern Languages and Literatures are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Asian; Decadence; East-West Literary Relations; Literary Theory and Film
19th Century Russian Literature; Short Fiction
Romanticism; Interaction of Music, Literature, and the Arts; Women Writers; Translation of Poetry
17th and 18th Century Literature, Quebec; Convent Writing
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Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition (Spanish)
Second Language Acquisition; Contemporary French Civilization
Contemporary and Recent Latin American Narrative; Critical Theory and Literary History
Basque Narrative; Spanish Civil War; Republican Exile; Gender Studies
Latin American Modernism, Poetry of Human Rights, Civilization, and Culture
16th and 18th Century German Literature; German Children's Literature; Second Language Acquisition
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Translation Studies and Medieval German Literature
19th Century Literature; The Novella
Representation of Gendered Violence in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
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Methodology (Spanish)
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Linguistics; Advanced Grammar (Spanish)
Drama and Short Stories of Valle-Inclan; Contemporary Latin American Women Authors; Narrative Technique
Intersection between Subjectivity and Culture; Spanish Cinema; Historiography of Spanish Literature; Politics and Culture
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Medieval/Early/Modern/Comparative Literature (French)
Cultural History; Teaching Methodology; Slavic Linguistics
     Czech and Russian
20th Century German Literature; Expressionist Lyric; Film and Popular Culture; Folklore
Literary Theory; Contemporary Novels; Ontology of Fiction; Literary Translation
19th Century Literature and Culture in Spain; Translation
Sociolinguistics; Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Heritage Speaker Pedagogy; U.S. and Mexico Border Language Contact
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Spanish Golden Age literature, with a particular focus on the works of Cervantes

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