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Asian Languages & Literatures Program is looking for a self-starter, tech savvy Undergraduate student with work study funding, who has strong background of use of social media, web design. See the job posting at
Japanese placement test will take place on Tuesday, Sept 8th and Wednesday Sept 9th at Herter 301. Only transfer students and students who are returning from study abroad have to take the placement test. Students who plan to take the next level do not have to take it.
Please register to take the test using the following link.
GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION will be held on 9/3 Thurs. 4-6 PM at Herter 301. BOTH NEW & RETURNING STUDENTS are required to attend.
1st Chinese LANGUAGE COURSE TA Orientation: 9/3 Thurs. 2-4 PM at Herter 209.
1st Japanese LANGUAGE COURSE TA Orientation: 9/3 Thurs. 1-2 PM at Herter 342.
Hello Freshman or first-timer! If you are unsure which Chinese Language course fits your level, register the course, that "you think" it's appropriate. You, then take a PLACEMENT TEST on the first day of the class. You will be instructed by the professor whether you should stay in the level or switch to different class. Any questions about Chinese placement test can be referred to Yu Liu (, Herter 530.
Japanese tutors are available
help improve your conversation, reading, and writing skills!!
We are available in Herter 5th floor (holidays excluded)
Mon/Fri: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Tues/Wed/Thur:1:30pm to 5:30pm
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Professor Yoshimura ( or Kinji Ito, TA in Japanese (
Japanese Language Tea Table
Please contact JCC(Japan Culture Club)'s current president Christina Yacono ( or join them on ***************************************** Korean Tea Time & Conversation Club starts 1/30, continues till 4/24
12-1pm every Friday
at Herter Hall, 5th Fl lobby
Honors in the Japanese Program
Students enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College (see 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.

Asian Languages and Literatures

Phone: (413) 545-0886
Fax: (413) 545-3178
440 Herter
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Undergraduate Program Contact:
Mary Ellen White Maynard
418 Herter
Phone: (413) 545-2807
Fax: (413) 545-3178

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Congratulations, Class of 2014!

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.

                                  The Great Wall 万里長城, China

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.

                                  Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺, Kyoto, Japan

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.