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The Department of Languages & Literatures offers undergraduate programs in EnglishSpanishTESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Creative WritingFrench, and Professional Writing, in addition to courses in Chinese and German. Our graduate offerings include programs in EnglishSpanish, TESOL, and TESS  (Teaching English in Secondary Schools).

L&L trains more language arts teachers than any other university in the state, and our students develop skills in reading, writing, language use, and cultural analysis in preparation for work in a range of professions and countries. Many students complement their classroom instruction with internships, translating and publishing experiences, as well as study abroad opportunities that help launch rewarding careers and lives. L&L students are part of a vibrant intellectual and creative community that is supported by scholarship opportunities and participates in clubs and honor societies in addition to on- and off-campus programming

Come and visit us! If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Julie Husband, Head of the Department of Languages & Literatures.

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Friday, Mar 24, 2017

The August Wilson Festival, celebrating the writer of the play Fences, will take place on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st. Lou Bellamy, founder of the Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will be in attendance. This event is sponsored by the UNI Diversity Council, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and the Department of Languages and Literatures. The schedule for the two-day event is below.


March 31: Interpreters Theatre, Lang 040 at UNI

1 PM - A discussion of August Wilson with Lou Bellamy

7 PM - A...

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger of the Department of Languages and Literatures will be presenting a Sigma Tau Delta (the international English Honor Society) lecture. The Lecture, titled "Poetry Will Save Your Life,"  will take place on Monday, April 3rd in Seerly Hall 120. It will begin at 7:00 PM. See this flier for information.


Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Joseph Scapellato will be reading from his book Big Lonesome on Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 pm. The reading will be held in Bartlett 0081. 

Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West -- from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between -- exploring place, myth,...