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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. Jennifer Cooley, Head of the Department of Languages & Literatures.

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Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Documentary filmmaker Luis Argueta returns to our community to debut the third in his trilogy of films about immigration in the Midwest. In preparation, we will screen the first two films on the UNI campus during September.

-Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. CAC 108. 
abUSed: The Postville Raid
-Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m. CAC 108
-Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m. Sabin Hall 002
Iowa premier of The U Turn with Luis Argueta
-Friday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. Rod Library 287
Teach in with Luis Argueta...

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Several September events highlight James Hearst (1900-1983), who gave us more than 600 poems in many volumes. Called “the Robert Frost of the Midwest,” Hearst also published essays and his autobiography, “My Shadow Below Me,” which offers a rich picture of Cedar Falls. Many festival events are located at the art center which is his legacy to his community.




James Hearst...

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

Final Thursday Reading SeriesJoin the Final Thursday Reading Series for its 17th season. Featured regional authors are preceded by a creative writing open mic.  All events are the last Thursday of the month at the Hearst Center for the Arts.

Open mic...