As an undergraduate student in Modern Languages & Literatures, you can let curiosity move you by studying one of nine languages. Learn about languages and the communities in which they are spoken, while you develop life-long skills that will serve you well in your personal and professional journey.
Learn more about your next adventures below:
Arabic language is fundamentally different from English, no doubt. Unlike in English, the Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters with no distinct upper and lower case letter forms, and is written from right to left. But don't let minor differences such as these trick you! These 28 letters are key to your next cultural adventure or future rewarding career.
Arabic classes allow you to explore the language and culture in a way that you never have before. Dr. Abla Hasan works to not only share her experience with you, but her curriculum also brings in people from all across the Arabic speaking world. There are also many extracurricular cultural events and speakers throughout the year to supplement your studies. Find out more about Arabic classes to see if it's right for you!
China, with the population of 1.3 billion, is the world's most populous nation and is home to one of the fastest-growing economies. Being also one of the world's oldest civilizations, China has the world's longest continuously used written language system. Most people find that learning Chinese characters is fascinating and that mastering the language itself brings personal and professional benefits.
As the one of the increasingly popular curriculums in Nebraska, the Chinese program at UNL offers language courses from elementary level to more advanced levels. Students will learn all four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as the fascinating Chinese culture. The program builds a solid foundation for those who are not only interested in the language and culture but also planning to pursue a professional or academic career related to China. In addition, a series of Chinese seminars and panels will be hosted throughout the year, and provide multi-dimensional aspects of Chinese studies.
In Nebraska one out of ten people have Czech ancestors. Czech is an integral part of Nebraska’s heritage and culture. Twenty-five percent of UNL students who have studied Czech have gone on to study and/or work in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Business opportunities are growing in Eastern Europe. Many U.S. companies have already expanded into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czech program at UNL is one of eight regularly offered Czech language programs in the entire United States and has been offered at UNL since 1907.
The French program offered through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska, provides students with opportunities to acquire proficiency in the use of the French language and with courses of study leading to the undergraduate major or minor in French. The department also offers degree programs at the graduate level leading to the MA and to the PhD in French.
Small classes and a dynamic teaching staff will take you to the heart of one of the world’s richest civilizations. The cultures of France, Québec, and the countries of French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean all use the French language to express astonishing diverse social, literary, and cultural identities. The French faculty at UNL is an especially active group that has all been recognized for their teaching and for the national and international scope of their research.
The German program offered through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska provides students with opportunities to acquire proficiency in the use of the German language and with courses of study leading to the undergraduate major or minor in German. The department also offers degree programs at the graduate level leading to the M.A. in German.
A German major or minor at UNL prepares students for a wide range of professional activities. Our graduates have gone on to careers in secondary and post-secondary teaching, law, psychology, the natural sciences, and engineering. UNL German majors are well prepared for graduate studies in either German literature or linguistics. Many of our majors choose to double-major in another field, some in another language or in the humanities, others in the natural or social sciences. Our faculty members’ affiliations with a number of UNL’s interdisciplinary programs (European Studies, Judaic Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Women’s Studies) offer interesting possibilities for students wanting to broaden their study of German to related fields. Students can also do a double-major within our Department, which offers, besides German, majors in French, Russian, and Spanish.
Japanese is one the fastest growing foreign languages studied in the United States. Besides being the native language of 120 millions Japanese, it is recognized as one of the major languages of commerce and culture in Asia.
The languages also offers the key to an ancient culture that produced the first novel and other innovations. Japanese language is essential to understand Japanese people, culture and business.
The Russian program offered through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides students with a wide variety of courses that deal with the language, literature, and culture of the Russian people.
Russian majors are eligible for scholarships and all students can be apart of the Russian Club.
Spanish Language & Culture
Immerse yourself in the stories and traditions of Latin America and Spain. Develop your cultural competence as you dip into major literary masterpieces, cinema, comics, and other artistic and social productions of Spanish-speaking communities around the world.
Join the 45 million speakers of Spanish in the United States, while you hone the skills that will serve you well whether you go into business or health, education or government. Academia, art, science, entertainment or regional planning. Because a Spanish major travels well.
Whether you grew up speaking Spanish at home or you started studying it in school, we have a course for you. We offer courses on literature, translation, on the structure and history of Spanish, on the different varieties of Spanish spoken around the globe, on Spanish in the United States, Spanish in the community, and Spanish in the professions.
Take your learning beyond the classroom and engage with other Spanish speakers participating in our service learning courses, undergraduate research opportunities, cinema club, weekly conversation table, and education abroad opportunities. Enhance your digital skills though our digital humanities initiatives, and showcase your writing in Tu Revista, our student-run online publication.