Skip to Main Content

Bachelor of Arts in World Languages & Cultures

At UMass Lowell, you will acquire the language skills & cultural understanding necessary to succeed in today's multicultural workplace


The UMass Lowell Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures (BA). There are four different options for this major:

  1. French
  2. French/Spanish
  3. Italian/Spanish
  4. Spanish

Learn to move comfortably between diverse cultural environments through coursework and study abroad opportunities in ways that are not possible for monolingual students.

Get ready to work cooperatively with colleagues from diverse perspectives and cultural backgrounds to develop solutions to complex problems in health, environment, education, governance and more. 

Publish your work in target languages in Canal, our department's online journal that highlights our students' work as they study French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, Chinese, Arabic and German.

Benefits of World Languages and Cultures

The courses offer students the opportunity to acquire one or two second language(s) and to become aware of the cultures in which they flourish. Language courses offer an understanding of language as a system and a model of communication in its cultural context, in addition to providing skills in a number of languages. The specific areas of study for this degree include language, literature, civilization and culture. Internships, practicums, as well as many Study Abroad programs are available to help students develop an awareness of cultural diversity.

For the latest course information and listings as well as degree pathways please consult the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.

The World Languages and Cultures also offers several minors in languages or in language studies.

Interdisciplinary Options

Through the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, students may also pursue an optional interdisciplinary degree, Bachelor of Liberal Arts. While this program is not managed by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, there are many Bachelor of Liberal Arts concentrations that would provide students with exposure to the department’s course listings. Students are encouraged to research the program for more information.

For more information on test examination options for language credit: College Level Examination Program.

For more information contact us.

"Canal" is the journal of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

It is dedicated to highlighting the exceptional work of our undergraduate students as they deepen their study of French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, Chinese, Arabic, and German.

For more information and to submit your work to the journal, visit Canal's website.

Why Study World Languages & Cultures at UMass Lowell?

honor students on a study abroad trip pose for a picture in San Sebastian, Spain

Career Opportunities

UMass Lowell graduates work in the food and wine industry, police departments, translation services, federal government, teaching and more. Discover the career options here.
A group photo from a study abroad trip to Greece in 2014.

International Opportunities

Our students have studied in more than two dozen countries through partner programs, faculty-led and exchange experiences. Learn more about international experiences & study abroad.
National Park ranger talks to elementary school students

Experiential Learning with the Lowell Community

Lowell's multicultural population provides a wide range of experiential learning opportunities for students in the public and private schools, health centers, cultural organizations, the National Park Service and a wide range of museums and cultural organizations. Some of our language courses offer an optional service learning component, and students can complete a practicum experience in the community in their junior or senior years.