Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Modern Languages and Literatures (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Modern Languages and Literatures (90 cr) with optional specialization:
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Modern Languages and Literatures
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- Entrance exam(s): None
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Writing sample and voice recording in target language
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.See department's application checklist for more specific information about these required materials.
Application Deadlines for Modern Languages and Literatures
- February 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
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.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Asian; Decadence; East-West Literary Relations; Literary Theory and FilmJapanese
19th Century Russian Literature; Short FictionRussian
Romanticism; Interaction of Music, Literature, and the Arts; Women Writers; Translation of PoetryGerman
Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition (Spanish)
Contemporary and Recent Latin American Narrative; Critical Theory and Literary HistorySpanish
Basque Narrative; Spanish Civil War; Republican Exile; Gender StudiesSpanish
Latin American Modernism; Poetry of Human Rights, Civilization, and CultureSpanish
16th and 18th Century German Literature; German Children's Literature; Second Language AcquisitionGerman
19th Century Literature; The NovellaGerman-Emeritus
The Affordances of Target Language Theatre for Fostering Language Acquisition among Second- and Foreign-Language Learners
Linguistics; Advanced Grammar (Spanish)
Intersection between Subjectivity and Culture; Spanish Cinema; Historiography of Spanish Literature; Politics and CultureSpanish
Medieval/Early/Modern/Comparative Literature (French)
20th Century German Literature; Expressionist Lyric; Film and Popular Culture; FolkloreGerman
Literary Theory; Contemporary Novels; Ontology of Fiction; Literary TranslationFrench
Sociolinguistics; Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Heritage Speaker Pedagogy; U.S. and Mexico Border Language ContactSpanish