Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

Degrees
  • 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
    csiefkes2@unl.edu
    402-472-3746
  • 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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Description

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
     Japanese
19th Century Russian Literature; Short Fiction
     Russian
Romanticism; Interaction of Music, Literature, and the Arts; Women Writers; Translation of Poetry
     German
17th and 18th Century Literature, Quebec; Convent Writing
     French
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Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition (Spanish)
Second Language Acquisition; Contemporary French Civilization
     French-Emeritus
Contemporary and Recent Latin American Narrative; Critical Theory and Literary History
     Spanish
Basque Narrative; Spanish Civil War; Republican Exile; Gender Studies
     Spanish
Latin American Modernism, Poetry of Human Rights, Civilization, and Culture
     Spanish
16th and 18th Century German Literature; German Children's Literature; Second Language Acquisition
     German
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Translation Studies and Medieval German Literature
     German
19th Century Literature; The Novella
     German-Emeritus
Representation of Gendered Violence in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
     French
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German
Methodology (Spanish)
Adelaido Martinez No vCard available

     Emeritus
Antonio Martinez No vCard available

     Emeritus
Linguistics; Advanced Grammar (Spanish)
Drama and Short Stories of Valle-Inclan; Contemporary Latin American Women Authors; Narrative Technique
     Spanish-Emeritus
Intersection between Subjectivity and Culture; Spanish Cinema; Historiography of Spanish Literature; Politics and Culture
     Spanish
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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
     German
Literary Theory; Contemporary Novels; Ontology of Fiction; Literary Translation
     French
19th Century Literature and Culture in Spain; Translation
     Spanish
Sociolinguistics; Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Heritage Speaker Pedagogy; U.S. and Mexico Border Language Contact
     Spanish
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Spanish Golden Age literature, with a particular focus on the works of Cervantes
     Emeritus

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