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    Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. With over eighty faculty members, 370 undergraduate majors, and nearly 200 graduate students, we are the largest department at UMass Amherst. Our undergraduate and graduate programs provide a rich array of courses, including many taught in English, and a stimulating environment for scholarship, collaboration, and learning. 

Program Name Change

September 01, 2016

As of September 2016, the Asian Languages and Literatures program will officially change its name to East Asian Languages and Cultures. We believe this more accurately reflects the work we do in th...

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Why Learn a Foreign Language?

Communication is at our fingertips. In a global and online world, multilingul individuals realize advantages in professional, cultural, and social spheres. Learning a second language is invaluable in allowing one to build relationships, become immersed in a foreign culture, experience films and literature in their original language, bridge communication gaps, or aide in diplomatic relations. It could even give a potential employee the leg up when applying for competetive positions.

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