Modern Languages and Literatures

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • French
  • German (M.A. only)
  • Spanish
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Contacts for Modern Languages and Literatures

Graduate Chair

Rigoberto Guevara

Graduate Secretary

Ms. Casandra Siefkes


Campus 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, 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
Fall: February 1 Spring: October 1


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

Ikuho Amano
Asian; Decadence; East-West Literary Relations; Literary Theory and Film
Radha Balasubramanian
19th Century Russian Literature; Short Fiction
Christina Brantner
Romanticism; Interaction of Music, Literature, and the Arts; Women Writers; Translation of Poetry
Elizabeth Enkin
Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition (Spanish)
José González
Contemporary and Recent Latin American Narrative; Critical Theory and Literary History
Iker González-Allende
Basque Narrative; Spanish Civil War; Republican Exile; Gender Studies
Rigoberto Guevara
Latin American Modernism; Poetry of Human Rights, Civilization, and Culture
Priscilla Hayden-Roy
16th and 18th Century German Literature; German Children's Literature; Second Language Acquisition
Manfred Jacobson
19th Century Literature; The Novella
Kelly Kingsbury Brunetto
The Affordances of Target Language Theatre for Fostering Language Acquisition among Second- and Foreign-Language Learners
Lola Lorenzo
Methodology (Spanish)
Errapel Mejias-Vicandi
Linguistics; Advanced Grammar (Spanish)
Oscar Pereira Zazo
Intersection between Subjectivity and Culture; Spanish Cinema; Historiography of Spanish Literature; Politics and Culture
Nora Peterson
Medieval/Early/Modern/Comparative Literature (French)
Robert Shirer
20th Century German Literature; Expressionist Lyric; Film and Popular Culture; Folklore
Jordan Stump
Literary Theory; Contemporary Novels; Ontology of Fiction; Literary Translation
M. Isabel Velázquez
Sociolinguistics; Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Heritage Speaker Pedagogy; U.S. and Mexico Border Language Contact

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