Mission Statement

The UMass Amherst Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 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 UMass Amherst; and
  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.

*The Thatcher language program is presently in transition. Interested students should contact the language program they are interested in directly for current information. This website will be updated as soon as more information is available.