The Japanese Studies Program constitutes of two disciplines: One is Japanese language and the other is culture.
Japanese language is, in fact, one of the major languages, counting more than 130 million speakers worldwide. Acquiring Japanese language skills not only brings you career opportunities in business, computer science, and entertainment industries of games and animations, but also demonstrates a deeper understanding of people in Japan and their culture, as the language is an integral part of its culture.
The Japanese archipelago also offers a rich and versatile culture—from traditional cultures practiced in martial arts (Kendo, Judo, Aikido) or expressed aesthetically (Flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy) to post-modern expression in graphic novels, animation, and video games. Yet, our cultural studies courses helps us to see the “Japanese” culture is in fact enriched by incorporating the advanced cultures of China, Korea, and the “West” and that of the minorities, such as Noh play and Kabuki theater. To see such socio-economic-political influences intersecting literary and aesthetic expressions, our courses are taught by the faculty in the Departments of Modern Language, History, Political Science, Art History, Religious Studies.
Please also review the top ten reasons outlined by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. The Japan Foundation has also outlined many great reasons and benefits to studying Japanese.