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Focused learning in an opportunity-rich environment

Our graduate programs in French, German and Spanish immerse students in a stimulating environment that combines the advantages of a large, multilingual department in a comprehensive state university with the relative autonomy of three distinct language sections.

While pursuing their degree in their chosen target language, all of our graduate students work together to share their knowledge and coursework, participate in department-wide events and exchange common interests and interact with faculty in multiple languages. We strengthen their learning through foundation courses in literary criticism and methods of teaching foreign languages.

While literature is our central object of study, we approach it in multiple ways. German offers work in children's literature; Spanish has courses that explore film and literature; and members of the French section are involved in digital endeavors. Students can include courses from many interdisciplinary groups, including Women's Studies, Judaic Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies and more.

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French

Our core program of courses in literature covers the range of literary culture from contemporary fiction to medieval romances, from Africa to Canada, with, of course, a focus on France. Courses in second language acquisition and literary criticism round off this core.

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German

The UNL Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a stimulating environment for graduate work in German. The program emphasizes proficiency in major areas of German literature and Pedagogy; with your choice of specialization. Courses and seminars offered represent a spectrum of broad topics and highly specialized themes. Emphasis is placed on discussions, reports, and close work with professors. Special Modern Languages courses are conceived as essential to graduate work in German such as Introduction to Literary Criticism and a course on Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching Methods.

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Spanish

Our graduate program in Spanish offers you the opportunity of critically engaging Hispanic literature and culture. You will be able to work with a dynamic and professionally active faculty with a wide range of scholarly interests, ranging from early modern literature to contemporary culture in Spanish and Latin America. Our program is extremely successful in preparing students for careers in fields that require a graduate degree, including academia. With seminars on topics such as “Digital Humanities” our UNL faculty is creating a space on campus geared toward collaborative, international and interdisciplinary humanistic scholarship. Come and be part of an interdisciplinary community directly relevant to the future of the humanities and social sciences.

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MLL GSA

The purpose of this organization shall be to serve as a representative body for the graduate students in Modern Languages and Literature Department, to create a common forum for Modern Languages graduate students, assist them with graduate concerns, and host job market/conference colloquiums related to the discipline. A secondary purpose of the MLLGSA is to promote a closer relationship within the graduate student community, to serve as a channel of communication between graduate students, faculty and staff, and to foster professional development.

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Graduate Minors at the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers 3 Graduate Minors (MODL-Spanish, MODL-French, MODL-German) at the MA level and 2 Graduate Minors at the PhD level (MODL-Spanish, MODL-French) for graduate students from other Departments at UNL

How to Apply

Admission to a graduate program at a UNL department is required for participation in one of our Graduate Minors. The application to the Minor is normally made when completing the Memorandum of Courses for the MA or the Program of Study for the PhD, but applications must be received at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. To apply, the following requirements are necessary:

  • a letter of application addressed to the Graduate Chair of the student’s home department and to the Graduate Advisor of the language in which the student wants to minor. This letter should include a statement describing how the Graduate Minor will help the student meet his or her goals and how it fits in the student’s program of study.
  • a list of courses to be taken for the Graduate Minor, including a copy of the Memorandum of Courses (for MA students) or a copy of the Program of Studies (for PhD students).
  • an interview in the target language with the corresponding Graduate Advisor.

Graduate Advisors

Prof. Iker González-Allende - Spanish

(faculty)
Work Oldfather Hall (OLDH) 1026
Lincoln NE 68588-0315
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Work 402-472-3745 On-campus 2-3745

Prof. Nora Peterson - French & German

(faculty)
Work Oldfather Hall (OLDH) 1133
Lincoln NE 68588-0315
US
Work 402-472-3745 On-campus 2-3745

The Graduate Advisor of the language in which you want to minor will conduct an interview with you to discuss your application and check whether your language fluency is good enough to succeed in our courses.

Requirements for MA Students

  • The student is pursuing a MA degree in another UNL Department.
  • 9 credit hours (3 graduate courses) in the language of specialization (Spanish, French or German). The minor may be gained through any combination of 800 or 900-level courses.
  • A faculty member of the language of specialization must serve in the student’s MA committee as the Minor Advisor.
  • If the student gets an average of B- or less in the courses of the Graduate Minor, he or she will have to take a written comprehensive exam on the minor.
  • Confirmation to the Graduate Advisor of the language of specialization that all requirements for the minor have been met by the middle of the final semester.

Requirements for PhD Students

  • The student is pursuing a PhD degree in another UNL Department.
  • 12 credit hours (4 graduate courses) in the language of specialization (Spanish, French or German). At least 3 credit hours must be at the 900 level.
  • A PhD student who has already done one of our graduate minors at the MA level at UNL, having completed already 9 credit hours, is required to take only 6 credits (two additional classes) in the same language to achieve the graduate minor at the PhD level.
  • A faculty member of the language of specialization must serve in the student’s PhD committee as the Outside Representative.
  • Confirmation to the Graduate Advisor of the language of specialization that all requirements for the minor have been met by the middle of the final semester.