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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. 


Jamele Watkins (PhD 2017) to join University of Minnesota faculty

March 26, 2019

Congratulations to Jamele Watkins (PhD 2017) who has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota beginning in 2020-2021!

Prof. Jonathan Skolnik lecture at Texas A&M: "Thinking About Antisemitism After the Pittsburgh Massacre"

March 07, 2019

Prof. Jonathan Skolnik will lecture at Texas A&M University on 7 March: "Thinking About Antisemitism After the Pittsburgh Massacre."

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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 competitive positions.

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