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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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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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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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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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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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