Skip Navigation
UMass Amherst Back to LLC Site

Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


contact us

Check out the Spring 2015 Course Schedule

Check the latest news & events on our facebook!

Spring 2015 JAPANESE PLACEMENT TEST will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 1:30-5:30pm (Herter Hall 301) and Wednesday, January 21, 2:00-6:00pm (Herter Hall 301). Register here:

Please join the talk by Professor Yutaka Ohno, Ritsumeikan University
Date & Time: Thursday, December 4th, 4pm
Place: UMass Herter Hall, Room 301
Title: A Textbook Author Tells Secrets
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese is the most
widely used Japanese textbook series on American campuses. One of the
Genki authors,Yutaka Ohno,will reveal its secret history, examine its strengths and shortcomings, and suggest how best to learn from, teach with and go beyond
the textbook.
Yutaka Ohno has taught Japanese at Amherst College,
Kansai Gaidai University, and Nagoya University, and is now Professor
of Japanese at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Drop-in Advising Hours for Study Abroad
in: China, Japan, Korea, India,  and the rest of Asia with Jakob Lengacher, IPO Assistant for Asia
Mondays, Wednesdays: 12:00-1:00 in 455 Hills South
Monday nights 6:00-8:00 in the Learning Commons
Come on by and have a chat!

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 ************************************
Chinese placement test
will be given on the first day of the classes in which students have enrolled. Please contact Yu Liu ( for any questions.
**************************************** Japanese placement test: Please contact Yuki Yoshimura (
Korean placement test Please contact Chanyoung Park (
************************************** 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

Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

440 Herter Hall Box 39312
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

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

Graduate Program Contact:
Phone: (413) 545-0886
Fax: (413) 545-3178

Whom should I contact?

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.