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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.
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.
September 29, 2023
Professor Moira Inghilleri, Associate Professor Patrick Mensah and Senior Lecturer Barry Spence from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures have been awarded a $300,000 from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for Humanities to implement a curriculum reform initiative designed to revitalize the role of humanities in general education.
September 14, 2022
Professor Moira Inghilleri and Associate Professor Patrick Mensah from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to lay the groundwork for humanities faculty professional development and curricular reform. The goal is to create a more focused pathway to the humanities through the general education requirements with particular attention to STEM and Isenberg School of Management majors.
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.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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.Learn about the LLC