Modern Languages and Literatures

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:
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • PhD in Modern Languages and Literatures (90 cr) with optional specialization:
    • French
    • Spanish

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Iker Gonzalez-Allende

Graduate Secretary
Brianna Petersen

Campus Address
1111 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0315

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Modern Languages and Literatures

  • 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, our 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.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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Ikuho Amano

Asian; Decadence; East-West Literary Relations; Literary Theory and FilmJapanese

Radha Balasubramanian

19th Century Russian Literature; Short FictionRussian

Christina Brantner

Romanticism; Interaction of Music, Literature, and the Arts; Women Writers; Translation of PoetryGerman

Elizabeth Enkin

Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition (Spanish)

Julia Frengs

Literatures of French Expression From the Pacific, Indian, and Caribbean Oceans; African and Canadian Literatures of French Expression; French Literature, Language, Film, and Culture; Women's Literature

José González

Contemporary and Recent Latin American Narrative; Critical Theory and Literary HistorySpanish

Iker González-Allende

Basque Narrative; Spanish Civil War; Republican Exile; Gender StudiesSpanish

Rigoberto Guevara

Latin American Modernism; Poetry of Human Rights, Civilization, and CultureSpanish

Priscilla Hayden-Roy

16th and 18th Century German Literature; German Children's Literature; Second Language AcquisitionGerman

Manfred Jacobson

19th Century Literature; The NovellaGerman-Emeritus

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 CultureSpanish

Nora Peterson

Medieval/Early/Modern/Comparative Literature (French)

Ingrid Robyn

Contemporary Cuban History, Literature and Arts; The Avant-Garde in Brazil and the Caribbean; Comparative Studies Between the Spanish and the French Caribbean; The Caribbean Diasporas in the U.S.; Transatlantic Studies and Marginal Modernities

Luis Rosa Rodriguez

Anarchist Philosophy and Praxi; Feminism and Gender Studies; Argentine and Puerto Rican Literary History; Latin American Poetry; Avant-Garde Art and Literature in Latin America; Contemporary Radical Politics; 21st Century Latin American Literature

Robert Shirer

20th Century German Literature; Expressionist Lyric; Film and Popular Culture; FolkloreGerman

Jordan Stump

Literary Theory; Contemporary Novels; Ontology of Fiction; Literary TranslationFrench

Olha Tytarenko

Role of Mythology and Mythologizing in Politics Both of the Past Epochs and in Contemporary Russian Society

M. Isabel Velázquez

Sociolinguistics; Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Heritage Speaker Pedagogy; U.S. and Mexico Border Language ContactSpanish

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