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  • LLC and COVID-19

    We are committed to doing all we can to provide a healthy environment for everyone in our classrooms and hallways. If you have questions regarding the virus, boosters, variants or other subjects, please consult the CDC. For the most up-to-date information on UMass' response, please visit the university's official coronavirus site, where you'll find info on testing, regulations and a very helpful set of FAQs.

  • Discover the World at UMass

    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. 

  • Online Certificate in Professional Translation and Interpreting

    The online Certificate in Professional Translation and Interpreting is designed for students with high proficiency in English and at least one Language Other Than English (LOTE) who are interested in developing language mediation skills to meet the needs of an increasingly globalized world. 

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    Learn more about and apply to the program


We stand with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities

March 19, 2021

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures stronglycondemns the increasing anti-Asian violence, harassment, and rhetoric across the country. We stand with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students, faculty, and community members.

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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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