Literature and Culture Certificate

Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The graduate certificate in literature and culture offers an education in the intersection between literature written in English—either originally or in translation—with human culture broadly considered. The certificate will give high school teachers the credential to teach preparatory coursework worthy of college credit at UNO and other universities. And it is also designed as a continuing education option for anyone wishing to study literature at a post-baccalaureate level for personal enrichment. The certificate can be earned as part of the larger MA in English at UNO, and it can also be applied toward completion of that larger program retroactively.

The certificate will teach:

  • literature of every period, from ancient to modern, in a variety of thematic and historical contexts;
  • cultural encounters captured imaginatively on the pages of the literary text;
  • the relationship of a culture to the literature produced within it, both harmonious and discordant;
  • theories of literary effects on the course of human culture and history; and
  • literature as a celebrated artifact of human hope, critique, and beauty.

Although applicants need no formal training in literature to enroll, they should expect to be immersed in a professional discipline of literary study with a research component. One especially designated course required for the certificate will provide training for students in the methodology of literary research.

Program Contact Information

Ramón Guerra, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC) 
192D Arts & Science Hall (ASH) 
402.554.2096
rguerra@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework. 

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree  with at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA. Undergraduate study of literature is required. Students who do not bring 18 hours of undergraduate study in English, however, would be obligated to enroll in ENGL 8010 as their first course of study in the certificate.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • Paper-based TOEFL: 600, Internet-based TOEFL: 100, IELTS: 8, PTE: 68, Duolingo: 120 
  • Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives.  This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of the transcript(s).
    • UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation, or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. The applicant will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
    • Note: If admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses3
SEMINAR: TEXT-BASED RESEARCH METHODS FOR ENGLISH STUDIES
FIELD-BASED RESEARCH METHODS IN ENGLISH STUDIES
Electives15
AMERICAN POETRY TO 1900
AMERICAN POETRY SINCE 1900
SEMINAR: WALT WHITMAN AND EMILY DICKINSON
BOOK-SMART: EDUCATION IN LITERATURES AND CULTURES
THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
QUEER AMERICAN WESTS
RENAISSANCE SATIRE
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
BRINGING THE WAR HOME: DEPICTIONS OF WAR VETERANS IN LITERATURE AND FILM
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
THE AMERICAN NOVEL
SEMINAR: TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERARY REALISM AND NATURALISM
SEMINAR: POSTMODERN FICTION OF THE UNITED STATES
TOPICS IN AMERICAN REGIONALISM
LATINO LITERATURE
TEACHING LATINO LITERATURE
WOMEN'S STUDIES IN LITERATURE
WOMEN OF COLOR WRITERS
WOMEN WRITERS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WEST
SEMINAR: SHAKESPEARE
ANGLO-SAXON LITERATURE
CHAUCER
SHAKESPEARE
RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE
MEDIEVAL CELTIC LITERATURE
IMMIGRATION, MIGRATION, AND DIASPORA: CRITICAL APPROACHES AND THEORIES OF MOVEMENT IN LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH AND ANGLOPHONE LITERATURES
THE BRITISH AND ANGLOPHONE NOVEL (19TH AND 20TH CENTURY)
ENGL 8486
SEMINAR: JANE AUSTEN
Total Credits18