Department of Languages and Literatures

New and Prospective Students

What a Degree from Languages & Literatures Can Do for You

Yes, you want to get a good job after college. You also want to live a full and rewarding life. Degrees offered in the Department of Languages & Literatures will give you the opportunity to do both.

Surveys of employers regularly find that the most valued qualities in prospective employees are strong written and oral communication skills. With majors in the fields of English, Spanish and TESOL, and a range of complementary minors, we offer a variety of options for students. Our small classes and dedicated faculty ensure that you get individual attention. Course choices within programs allow you to follow your passions while enhancing your abilities.  

Languages & Literatures degrees also expose students to the world's greatest thinkers and the most vital issues of our time. Apply what you learn through community engagement, study abroad opportunities, and internships.There's a lot you can do, and now is the time to get started. Contact an advisor below to take the first step on your path. 

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For Students of Spanish

Students of Spanish (whether majors or minors) at UNI are exposed to a wide variety of coursework. UNI faculty teach courses on language, linguistics, translation, culture, and foreign language teaching methods as well as Chicano and Latino, Spanish-American and Spanish literature and film. UNI also offers unique opportunities for Spanish Heritage Speakers and community outreach opportunities.Faculty Elise DuBord, Caroline Ledeboer, Jennifer Cooley, TESOL graduate student Muhammad Intizom, YWCA of Black Hawk County Assistant Director of Latino and Multicultural Services Alejandra Huesca, and Spanish major Libby Gleason celebrate winning the Social Justice Award at the UNI Community Engagement Celebration Day. The award was in recognition of Languages & Literatures' ongoing collaboration with the YWCA's English classes.

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. Please note: Heritage Speakers should first consult with Professor Juan Carlos Castillo (juan.castillo@uni.edubefore taking the Placement Exam.

To take the placement exam, click here. You will need to pay a $10 charge via credit card.


About Our Faculty and Staff

Several members of our department house their research, creative, and scholarly projects on UNI's ScholarWorks. Click here to search or browse this digital archive.


Click on a name to send an email. For additional questions, please contact the Department of Languages & Literatures at 319.273.2821.

Undergraduate Advisors

English Teaching – Sheila Benson
English Non-Teaching – Caroline Ledeboer
TESOL Teaching and Non-Teaching – Caroline Ledeboer
TESOL/Spanish Teaching – Elena Dobrila and Caroline Ledeboer
Spanish/French Teaching and Non-Teaching – Elena Dobrila and Elizabeth Zwanziger (summer)

​Graduate Advisors for On-Campus Students

English – Karen Tracey
Spanish – Elise DuBord
TESOL – Aliza Fones

​Graduate Advisors for Distance Students

Spanish/UNISSIST – Elise DuBord
TESOL – Aliza Fones
TESS – Karen Tracey

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