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Bachelor of Arts in World Languages & Cultures

The main purpose of the World Languages programs is to provide students with the ability to function more effectively in the multicultural world we live in.

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

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

The options and focus on the major intellectual concerns, culture and communication. Serving as the paradigmatic model for thinking in the human sciences, language occupies a high rung in the conceptualization of numerous disciplines and sign systems. 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 learning of languages facilitates the cultural connection with the various linguistic groups of the region. The specific areas of study include instruction in language, literature, linguistics, civilization and culture.


Benefits of Modern Languages

The BA in World Languages and Cultures provides students with the ability to function more effectively in the plurilingual and multicultural world we live in. 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.

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"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?

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Study Abroad

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