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UMass Amherst

Deparment of Languages and Literatures


Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
323 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003

Vincent Wurster
Departmental Assistant
Phone: (413) 545-6716




For information on individual programs, including contact numbers, please click on the appropriate links on the left.


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 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.

Our offices are located on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of Herter Hall; please click on program names below for detailed program and contact information.

William Moebius
Professor of Comparative Literature
Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
326 Herter Hall

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Asian Languages and Literatures

Comparative Literature

French and Francophone Studies

Italian Studies

German and Scandinavian Studies

Spanish and Portuguese Studies