Asian Languages and Literatures
Department of Languages, Literatures
440 Herter Hall Box 39312
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Fax: (413) 545-4975
Undergraduate Program Contact:
Mary Ellen White Maynard
Phone: (413) 545-2807
Graduate Program Contact:
Phone: (413) 545-0886
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Best wishes to
Nina Rose-Racine,our long-serving program administrative assistant.
Nina Rose-Racine worked for Asian Languages & Literatures for 37 1/2 years, and she retired in 2013. She received her B.A. in Japanese from Asian Languages & Literatures, which equals 42 years together.
She's retained her UMass email account(firstname.lastname@example.org), should you wish to send her
We miss you, Nina!
Asian Languages and Literatures became part of the established curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1969 with the founding of degree programs in Chinese and Japanese by the late Professor William E. Naff. After more than four decades of growth we still take very seriously our founding mission--to share knowledge and understanding of the rich cultures of Asia with the students of this land-grant university as an essential part of their preparation to participate in a global society. Founded as Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863, when the U.S. was just becoming aware of the importance of East Asia in the modern world, UMass Amherst is the only public institution of higher education in New England to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Chinese and Japanese. Because of this we attract students from the entire Northeast region. The Regional Student Program makes our programs particularly good value for New England students from outside of Massachusetts. The students and faculty also benefit from the excellent library that UMass Amherst offers--visit our East Asian Collection online to see for yourself.
Our undergraduate major programs offer students a sound command of the languages as well as a solid background in literature, linguistics, culture, and civilization. Our minor programs offer a combination of skills which can greatly enrich the undergraduate experience and increase postgraduate possibilities. Our study-abroad programs are aimed at increasing students' fluency in Chinese and Japanese as well as deepening their understanding of those cultures. Students attaining the Bachelor of Arts degree have gone on to graduate school, to positions in various businesses (banking, marketing, exporting, investing) in the United States and in Asia, to teaching in Japan and Taiwan, to careers in journalism, diplomacy, government agencies, library science, museums, writing and more.
Students attaining the Master of Arts degree to date have gone on to Ph.D. programs (University of California, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, University of British Columbia, University of Washington) or to law school; others work for investment firms, cross-cultural programs, or in teaching.
Announcement Honors in the Japanese Program
Students enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College (see https://www.honors.umass.edu)may pursue an Honors Track in Japanese. For further information, contact your Commonwealth College adviser or the Honors Program Director for Japanese, Professor Doris G. Bargen (office hours in Fall 2013: TUE, 12-12:45 in Herter 439 and TUE, 1-2:15 in Commonwealth Honors College, Elm 233).
Dr. Stephen Miller, The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period, Cornell East Asia Series
The Third Japanese Language Contest for New England College Students (May 11, 2013)
The Japanese language contest was held at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. Ray Kim, Hyang Gi Lim and Serena Forrest participated in the Speech Contest. All three won the prize respectively.
won the 2nd prize at the intermediate level.
won the 1st prize at the advanced level.
won the 3rd prize at the advanced level.
In the Essay Contest, two contestants from UMass Amherst won the prize.
won the 2nd prize at the intermediate level.
also won the 2nd prize at the advanced level.
Congratulations to you all!!
The Third Five College Japanese Speech Contest 2013
The contest was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at UMass Amherst. Nine contestants (Josha Espinosa, Shanru Liang, Cara Goulding, Jiayi Huang, Zachary Mansuetti, Nina Li, David Musto, Serena Forrest, Emily Porcher) from UMass participated in the contest from 1st-year to 4th-year levels.
at the 4th-year level won the first prize! Congratulations!
Distinguished Teaching Award
received the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012.