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Welcome to the English department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Here you will find information about undergraduate and graduate programs and courses, departmental faculty and staff, publications, and information about our students and activities.

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Our Mission
The English department at the University of Nebraska Kearney embraces a two-fold mission: a disciplinary mission and a liberal arts mission. First, it prepares English majors and minors to pursue careers in occupations related to English, to pursue advanced degrees in English through graduate study, and to pursue the teaching of English and Language arts at the middle, secondary, and college level.  The department also seeks to provide a broad cultural background for the understanding and appreciation of literature, composition, and the English language; to improve communication skills; and to develop critical thinking.

Our Faculty
At UNK, students enjoy small classes where the professors know them by name. Our award winning faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and publish actively in their specializations. Our lecturers all hold the MA or MFA as do most of our adjuncts. Our faculty are active in professional organizations regionally and nationally and are in demand as performers and speakers for community, state, regional, national, and international organizations that recognize their expertise. In 2006, our department received the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Jane Pope Geske Award for exceptional literary contributions.

Our Activities
Our department sponsors the Carillon, a student literary publication and offers the Exploration Lecture Series. Every spring, we sponsor our annual Student Conference on Language and Literature.

Contact Us
The English Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is located in Thomas Hall (near the southeast corner of campus). You can reach us by phone at (308) 865-8299 or by fax at (308) 865-8411. Inquiries regarding undergraduate programs should be directed to Department Chair, Dr. Sam Umland (308) 865-8299. Those regarding the graduate program should be directed to the Director of English Graduate Studies, Martha Kruse (308) 865-8415.

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