Undergraduate

Let curiosity move you to major or minor in French, German, Russian, or Spanish!

You can also minor in Arabic, Czech, and Japanese, and you can take courses in Chinese.

French

Academics

A major in French will provide you with proficiency in the use of the French language. 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.

Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will introduce you to stylistics, advanced grammar, literary translation—and to the literature of the French-speaking world. Beyond that, dive deep into innovative culture classes on the French conception of the body, for instance, or on avant-garde trends in French art and music, giving you the chance to look at French society from an entirely different point of view.

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in French such as:

  • Studying abroad in Montpellier in southern France, minutes from the Mediterranean coast
  • Serving as the French Club president
  • Tutoring your peers at the Language Lab
  • Researching the digitization of family archives
  • Volunteering at Lincoln Literacy to help native French speakers learn English

Opportunities

As a French major, you will receive a broad general education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government service, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Assistant Account Manager / FACTS MANAGEMENT
  • Community Health Extensionist / PEACE CORPS
  • English Teaching Assistant / FRENCH CONSULATE
  • Intelligence Analyst / BAE SYSTEMS / R2G
  • International Application Coder in Admission / PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Manager of the Language Lab / ESL Lab / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
  • Network Engineer / SOFTBANK
  • Secondary English Teaching Assistant / TAPIF
  • Senior Site Specialist / INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ABROAD (ISA)
  • Teaching Assistant / FRENCH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

German

Academics

When you major in German, you will acquire a proficiency in the use of the German language and enroll in courses on German culture and literature, combining growth, personal challenges and life experiences. You will be drawn into different cultures around the world where you will connect with them not just intellectually, but personally. Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will impart a grammatical, syntactical and cultural proficiency enabling you to adapt to an increasingly diverse world. Beyond that, dive deeper by enrolling in elective courses such as:

  • German Literature in Translation
  • German for Business and Commerce
  • History of the German Language
  • Postwar German Literature: The Literature of West Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Romanticism

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in German such as:

  • Studying abroad in Berlin
  • Serving as the German Club (Lincoln) president
  • Tutoring your peers in the Language Lab
  • Researching German translation
  • Volunteering at Lincoln Literacy to help native German speakers learn English

Opportunities

As a German major, you will receive a broad general education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government service, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • 2nd Lieutenant / UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
  • Account Executive / 93.7 THE TICKET
  • Deputy County Attorney / DAWSON COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
  • First Grade Teacher / ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Intelligence Analyst / BAE SYSTEMS
  • Judicial Clerk / JUDGE RILEY, 8TH CIRCUIT
  • Junior Researcher / THE ALBANIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
  • Project Coordinator / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
  • Typesetter and E-book Creator / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
  • Writer / POLITICAL COMMUNICATION FIRM

Russian

Academics

When you major in Russian you will develop a proficiency in the use of the Russian language, an understanding of the culture and literature of Russia, and the ability to discuss complex literary and cultural expressions at a sophisticated level—producing, demonstrating and defending definable arguments and critical thinking. Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will impart a grammatical, syntactical and cultural proficiency enabling you to adapt to an increasingly diverse world.

Beyond that, dive deep into upper-level elective courses such as:

  • Advanced Literary Analysis
  • Russian Grammar and Stylistics
  • Russian Intellectual Tradition
  • Russian Literature in Translation.
  • Russian Poetry

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in Russian such as:

  • Studying abroad at Yaroslavl State University in Russia
  • Serving as the Russian Club president
  • Tutoring your peers in the Language Lab
  • Researching English to Russian translation of Nebraska culture
  • Volunteering at the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Opportunities

As a Russian major, you will receive a broad education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government services, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Account Executive / 93.7 THE TICKET
  • Community Health Extensionist / PEACE CORPS
  • Financial Services Officer / SACS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
  • Intelligence Analyst / BAE SYSTEMS/R2G
  • Logistics Officer / UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
  • Network Engineer / SOFTBANK
  • Paraprofessional / LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Spanish

Academics

When you major in Spanish you will develop a proficiency in the use of the Spanish language while you 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.

Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will impart a grammatical, syntactical and cultural proficiency enabling you to adapt to an increasingly diverse world. 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.

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences.

Take advantage of opportunities in Spanish such as:

  • Studying abroad in Spain or Argentina
  • Serving as the Spanish CineClub president
  • Interning with El Centro de las Americas
  • Researching native speakers and non-native learners
  • Volunteering with Lincoln Literacy to help native Spanish speakers learn English

Opportunities

As a Spanish major, you will receive a broad general education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government service, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Account Executive / EMPIRE INC.
  • Account Manager / OMAHA MARKETING SOLUTIONS
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion / MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION
  • Bilingual Receptionist / CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Bridge Design Engineer I / SOUTH DAKOTA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION-BRIDGE DEPT
  • English Teacher / COVENT GARDEN ENGLISH SCHOOL
  • ESL Language Teacher / MINISTERO DE EDUCACION
  • Event Manager / EVENTS ETC
  • Sales Representative / SANDHILL’S PUBLISHING
  • Secondary Spanish Education Teacher / TEACHING