Modern Languages and Literatures


Speak languages. Will travel.

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.We offer majors and minors in a variety of world languages (Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), as well as an M.A. in French, German, and Spanish, and a Ph.D. in French and Spanish. We are a community of scholars, researchers, educators, writers, poets, theorists, humanists, linguists, social scientists, cultural critics, historians, translators, interpreters, businesspeople, leaders of study abroad programs, philosophers, critical thinkers, and cultural ambassadors. We believe that the unifying thread across our curriculum and research is the study of difference. It is through the study of difference that we learn to connect with other cultures and build commonalities/ communalities. We work to foster the creative and transformative synergies that can emerge from diversity of many kinds. Through this radical inclusivity, we seek to overcome the comforts and dangers of monoculturalism and monolingualism in the classroom and in the community. We do this for our students, for our community, and for ourselves. As such, our mission prioritizes two key values of the College of Arts and Sciences and the wider UNL mission: first, to embrace excellence through diversity of all kinds, and second, to serve as a cultural resource for the wider Nebraska community.

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We offer courses in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. We strive to help you develop the cultural competence and the bilingual skillset that will set you apart as a globally aware professional.

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Resources such as our Kawasaki Reading Room, Language Resource Center, the Language Lab, and the Spanish Tutoring and Writing Center enable our students to have experiences that expand their worldview. Wherever you want to be in the world, we will help you get there.

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Let curiosity move you to start your story at the College of Arts and Sciences. With over 30 majors in the college alone, specialized programs of study to match any interest area, the opportunity for hands-on experience through our nationally-acclaimed undergraduate research program, and a campus located at the heart of an innovative college city community of over 250,000 people, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the ideal Big Ten collegiate experience for students at an affordable cost.

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