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With over sixty faculty members, 370 undergraduate majors, and nearly 200 graduate students, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures (LLC) is the largest department at UMass Amherst. Our undergraduate and graduate programs in Chinese, Comparative Literature, French, German and Scandinavian Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Translation Studies, provide a rich array of courses, including many taught in English, and a stimulating environment for scholarship, collaboration, and learning.


LLC has a three-fold mission:

1) to encourage and facilitate the study of languages, literatures, and cultures of the world, the nation, and the Commonwealth;
2) to represent international perspectives on academic endeavors and to contribute to the international presence at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
3) to promote the integrity of our component academic fields and to support the vitality of each of the programs housed in the department.


Exploiting the synergistic potential inherent in combining both national and transnational approaches in a single entity, the department advocates an inclusive and interdisciplinary scholarship that develops new models, both theoretical and pragmatic, for the study of languages, literatures, and cultures.


LLC includes:

Asian Languages & Literatures

Comparative Literature

French & Italian Studies

German & Scandinavian Studies

Spanish & Portuguese


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