Foreign Languages and Literature

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literature offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  in Foreign Language and Literature with concentrations in:  French, German, Russian or Spanish. 


The department offers introductory through advanced courses in French, German, Russian and Spanish as well as courses through the intermediate level in, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin and Portuguese.  Elementary conversation classes in Mandarin Chinese are also offered. In addition, it participates in such interdisciplinary programs as Latino and Latin American Studies, International Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and also offers summer courses in France, Germany, Canada, Russia, and Spain.


Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Literature

Minors Offered

French minor

German minor

Russian minor

Spanish minor


Other Information

All foreign language majors must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in their major language at the 3000 and 4000 level in residence at UNO. It is strongly recommended that all foreign language majors include a study abroad component of at least one month during the second half of their program of study. All courses credited to a major or minor in a foreign language must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better. Courses in the 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120 sequences may not be taken out of order. Students must pass the prerequisite course with a grade of “C-” or better before taking the next course in the sequence, and may not take an earlier course in any sequence for credit once they have received credit in a later course in any sequence. All 3000 and 4000 courses may be taken for honors credit in cooperation with the honors program.


There is a laboratory fee for all foreign language courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels.


            Student Groups

The department of Foreign Languages has active student groups:  El Club de Español, Sigma Delta Pi, Pi Delta Phi. 

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            Special requirements

The Department of Foreign Languages does not accept transfer credits from any institution for its 1000/2000 level courses except for those as allowed by the College of Arts and Sciences. To enroll in any French, German, Russian or Spanish course beyond 1110, a student who has not successfully completed the prerequisite courses at UNO must take the appropriate placement exam and qualify for the desired course. Native and heritage speakers of French, German or Spanish wishing to take a course in their language of nurture are exempt from this requirement. They are advised to make an appointment with an adviser in the Department of Foreign Languages for appropriate placement. All other students are subject to this requirement including transfer students. UNK/UNL students are not exempt from this requirement. The Department of Foreign Languages reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who has not met the prerequisites for a course. Transfer courses at the 3000/4000 level are subject to the approval of a departmental adviser and the department chair. All foreign language courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to continue to the next course.



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