- College Admission
- ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising
- ACE Requirements
- College Degree Requirements
- Catalog to Use
- Learning Outcomes
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in Arabic, German, Japanese, the Romance Language group (French, Spanish), and the Slavic group (Czech, Russian). Whenever possible, the courses are conducted in the language that is studied. The aim of instruction is reading, writing, aural and oral proficiency, and an understanding of the life, literature, and culture of the country. Lectures and films in the language studied are offered during the school year for the benefit of the students in the department. Language laboratories supplement class work.
Incoming students who wish to enroll in French, Spanish, and German are required to take a placement examination. The examination results will be used in combination with advising to determine appropriate placement in the sequence of courses offered within the department’s curriculum. Exams are administered in the language laboratory (304 Burnett Hall). Students who wish to begin the study of a new language other than those previously studied should enroll in the 101 level and do not need to take a placement exam.
Students may receive full credit at the University of Nebraska for education abroad programs in many countries such as Costa Rica, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Japan, and the Czech Republic. See http://educationabroad.unl.edu for a guide to these programs.
Program Assessment. Across programs, majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures acquire a range of intercultural, communicative, intellectual, and practical skills that can enrich their lives and prepare them for productive and meaningful experiences and careers. In order to maintain the effectiveness of its programs, the Department regularly assesses learning outcomes. As part of this assessment, the Department measures the level of achievement of ACE 10 learning outcomes. In addition, majors in the Department are evaluated according to internationally recognized standards set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and other specific institutional measures that follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Assessment of majors can also include a portfolio, an exit interview, exit surveys, and other forms of testing. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.
The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provide more opportunity to study abroad.
ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising
Academic and Career Advising Center
The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:
- Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
- Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
- Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.
While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.
Assigned Academic Advisors
Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.
Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.
For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.
The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.
Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.
Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.
|ACE Student Learning Outcomes|
ACE 1: Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.
College Degree Requirements
College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS
The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.
- A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
- Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
- Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
|College Distribution Requirements|
|CDR: Written Communication||3|
|Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.|
|CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab||4|
|Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.|
|Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1|
|Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2|
|CDR: Social Science||3|
|Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3|
|CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities||0-3|
|Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.|
|Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.|
|A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||13-32|
See Degree Audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.
Language courses numbered 220 and below do not fulfill the CDR Humanities.
See Degree Audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.
Scientific Base - BS Only
The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.
See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.
Minimum Hours Required for Graduation
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.
Restrictions on C- and D Grades
The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No University of Nebraska–Lincoln C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by the College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.
Pass/No Pass Privilege
The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:
- Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
- Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
- Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
- The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.
A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:
- Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
- Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
- Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
- Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.
Course Level Requirements
Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level
Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Catalog to Use
Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Graduates of German will be able to:
- Perform advanced German grammar: the spontaneous production of grammatically correct German in both written and spoken form—ideally attaining advanced-mid on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
- Grasp German stylistics: the ability to produce written and spoken German in the style appropriate to the context and the targeted audience.
- Grasp the workings of German culture and cultural history: the ability to discuss complex literary and cultural expressions at a sophisticated level, and producing, demonstrating, and defending definable arguments.
- Perform proper research methodology: the ability to locate and make productive use of secondary sources, to frame an argument by means of an effective structure.
|Prerequisites to Required Courses|
|Composition, Grammar, and Conversation|
or GERM 204
|Communication and Composition|
|Depending on placement and permission, students who begin German courses at the 300 level are not required to take GERM 203 or GERM 204.|
|GERM 301||German for Professional Purposes||3|
|GERM 302||Contemporary German Culture: Film, Literature, Theater||3|
|GERM 303||Advanced Communication: Exploring Contested Identities||3|
|GERM 304||Sustainability and Migration||3|
|GERM 403||Advanced Syntax and Stylistics in German||3|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||15|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
Specific Major Requirements
|Additional German or German Studies Courses|
|Select an additional GERM course at the 300 level or above (may be taught in English)||3|
|Select two additional GERM courses at the 400 level||6|
|Select an additional course in a related area at the 300 level or above. Specific choices include: 1||3|
GERM course at the 300 level or above
|19th Century Germany|
|History of Germany: 1914 to Present|
|The German Reformation|
|History of Fascism in Europe|
|Great Composers & Performers in Music|
|History of Philosophy (19th Century)|
|Modern European Jewish Philosophy|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||12|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Special Topics and other 300- or 400-level courses when related to German language, literature, and culture may be used by approval of the advisor.
A minor is required and may be taken in any area.
Additional Major Requirements
C- and D Grades
A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the major or minor.
No courses taken for Pass/No Pass credit will be applicable to the major or minor, with the exception of GERM 395.
Requirements for Minor Offered by Department
Twelve (12) hours in German at the 300 or 400 level as follows.
|Select 6 hours from the following:||6|
|German for Professional Purposes|
|Contemporary German Culture: Film, Literature, Theater|
|Advanced Communication: Exploring Contested Identities|
|Sustainability and Migration|
|Select one GERM course at the 400 level||3|
|Select an additional GERM course at the 300 level or above||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
C- and D Grades
A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the minor.
No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor, with the exception of GERM 395.
Description: Introduction to contemporary German. Stresses oral and written communication, reading and aural comprehension.
Description: Rapid course in the essentials of grammar followed by reading of varied types of literary and technical publications. For mature students; also designed to meet the needs of graduates preparing for the German reading examination.
For students with credit for GERM 102 or a qualifying MLPE score.
Description: Intensive and extensive reading of moderately difficult German prose, review of grammar, conversational exercises based on the texts.
Description: Masterpieces of German literature in translation. Selected texts to be announced in the schedule and the course description booklet.
Description: Focus on aspects of contemporary German culture, including literature, graphic novel, film, theater, and popular music. Emphasis is on developing literary abilities of summarizing, analyzing, and interpreting in German through discussion, presentations, and critical writing.
Prerequisites: GERM 204
Description: Initiates a special sequence of language and culture study designed for students interested in international business. Introduction to cultural aspects of problems related to the conduct of international business. Focus on specific business language problems, e.g., business correspondence, commercial vocabulary, etc.
This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 308
Description: Systematic, chronological presentation of German civilization from the beginning to the present.
Description: Examination of complexities of women's experience under Nazism and Communism of Central and Eastern Europe.
Description: Language, literature, and civilization.
Description: Reflection, research, and writing related to an internship in a German-speaking country.
Description: Independent reading or research under direction by a faculty member.
German majors expected to read the works in German translation and to write their papers in German. Non-German majors read the works in English translation.
Description: Development of German vernacular literature during the Middle Ages. Include works that represent the philosophical/religious literature, the heroic epic, and the romance.
Prerequisites: GERM 443 / 843.
See instructor to enroll without prerequisites if you already have reading knowledge of Middle High German.
Description: Reading of masterworks of Middle High German literature in the original language.
Description: A survey of the major literary currents, authors, works, influences in German-speaking countries in the first half of the nineteenth century, excluding Romanticism, which is treated in GERM 448/848. The main concern of the course will be a careful examination of many aspects of "Biedermeier" and "Das Junge Deutschland," the two major movements of the time.
Description: A survey of the major literary currents, authors, works, influences in German-speaking countries in the second half of the nineteenth century. The main concern of the course will be a careful examination of Poetic Realism and Naturalism, the two major movements in this half of the century.
Description: Critical study. Lectures, assigned readings, and reports.
Description: Language, literature, and civilization.
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.
- You must declare a required minor by this term.
- ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
- A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
- Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.
- Communicate confidently and appropriately with individuals of different cultures
- Develop a strong awareness of self and others
- Gain global perspective and high levels of intercultural awareness
- Contextualize political, social, and historical events
- Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
- Evaluate the interrelatedness of events and ideas
- Examine problems from multiple perspectives
- Express ideas creatively
- Interpret, compare, and contrast ideas
- Offer empathetic, sensitive, and patient interactions with others
Jobs of Recent Graduates
- Account Executive, 93.7 The Ticket - Lincoln NE
- Writer, Political Communication Firm - Lincoln NE
- Project Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
- First Grade Teacher, Elkhorn Public Schools - Omaha NE
- 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps - Quantico VA
- Intern, Madison 56'ers - Madison WI
- Junior Researcher, The Albanian Institute for International Studies - Tirana, Albania
- Judicial clerk, Judge Riley-8th Circuit - Omaha NE
- Typesetter and E-Book Creator, University of Nebraska Press - Lincoln NE
- Deputy County Attorney, Dawson County Attorney's Office - Lexington NE
- Social and Media Intern, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalitio - Lincoln NE
- Management Intern, Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast - Nebraska City NE
Graduate & Professional Schools
- Master's Degree, Modern Languages & Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
- Master's Degree, Teacher Education in German , University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Lincoln NE
- Juris Doctorate, Harvard University - Cambridge MA
- Master's of Modern Languages & Literature, University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
- Ph.D., Sociology , University of North Carolina -
- Master's Degree, Linguistics, University of Potsdam - Germany
- Master's Degree, Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
- Master's Degree, Museum Studies, North Carolina State University - Raleigh NC
- Bachelor's Degree, Nursing, Creighton University - Omaha NE
- Juris Doctorate, Ohio State University - Columbus OH