Department of Languages and Literatures

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa

Online Programming

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, Languages & Literatures programming continues online. We look forward to being back together in person, but for the time being check out some of what's been happening on a screen right in front of you.​

 The Coolest MonthIt's April, and that means L&L's Vince Gotera ​
is writing a poem every day as part of National
Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo).  Last year,
Vince published The Coolest Month, a collection
of the best of his past NaPoWriMo poems.
You can read his poems this year at his
blog, The Man with the Blue Guitar.



 Jeffrey Copeland

Covid 2019, Spanish Flu 1918, Plague 1924

L&L's Jeffrey Copeland, author of Plague in Paradise: the Black Death Comes to Los Angeles, 1924, is interviewed for Veterans Radio about the lessons both military and civilians should take from past events.

Final Thursday Reading Series 

Virtual Final Thursday Reading Series

This long-running creative writing series goes online with "open mic" contributions from UNI and Cedar Valley writers as well as a featured reading by novelist Andrew Farkas.


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. Our graduate offerings include programs in EnglishSpanishTESOL, 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, and 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. Jim O'Loughlin, Interim Head of the Department of Languages & Literatures.

L&L Student Spotlight interview with Ben Godard

Our Mission

We read, we tell stories, and we study language to understand and shape ourselves and the world around us. Students in the Department of Languages & Literatures explore the persistent questions of humanity as they have developed in a variety of cultures, times, and places through immersion and interaction with voices, texts, images, and technologies. From this, they develop the intellectual and practical skills to communicate across cultures and thrive in our changing world.

Please Note

All students considering taking Spanish at UNI should take the Spanish placement exam. This exam will help you choose the appropriate first Spanish course at UNI. To take the placement exam, click here. You will need to pay a $10 charge via credit card.



Katie Yokum

English Alumni Roundtable

Hearst Lecture Series schedule