University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

UMass Boston's Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a diverse and engaging curriculum in eight different languages. These languages are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Vietnamese. Our courses range from language instruction to literary, cultural, and film studies. Our well-rounded faculty made up of prolific scholars and committed teachers incorporates the latest technology into their classes. Our focus is on creating a strong community of language learners, critical thinkers, and responsible global citizens.

Current Department News

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  • Conversation Hours! Come practice different languages:
    • ​Mondays: Caffè Italiano, 1:00-2:00PM, M01-241
    • Wednesdays: Café de la Parole (French), 9:45-10:45AM, Campus Center, UL, by the Ross Center (Look for Professor Thierry Gustave)
    • Thursdays: German Kaffeklatsch, 10:00-12:00PM, M04-214
    • Fridays: Russian Conversation, 1:00-2:00PM, M04-214
  • Recent publications!
    • ​from Associate Dean (and French Professor), Pratima Prasad: Pratima Prasad, ed. Approaches to Teaching Sand’s Indiana. Co-edited with David Powell.  NY: MLA Publications, 2015.​​
    • from Professor Diana Burgin, Performing Life: The Story of Ruth Posselt, An American Violinist. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016.

Information on Language Waivers and Language Assessment Exams

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Why UMass Boston?

Padraig O'Malley sits next to African peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee before her address.

Padraig O’Malley

John Joseph Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

Professor Padraig O’Malley has served as a facilitator of peace in Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq.

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