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Japanese Studies

Who are our Japanese Studies major/minor students?

The vast majority of our students come to study Japanese because they are enthralled with the Japanese language and culture.  Students may choose to double major with Japanese Studies and Computer Game Deve​​lopment, Intercultural Communication, Animation, Accountancy, Finance, Anthropology, or any other major they find desirable. Some may also choose to pursue a dual degree with a BS in Accountancy or Finance and a BA in Japanese Studies.  Dual degrees = two degrees, two diplomas (BSB or BS + BA), while a double major = one degree, one diploma.  Many of our students may also choose Japanese Studies as their primary major and might choose to pursue a minor in Game Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Electronics, Management, International Communication, English as a Second Language & Bilingual Education, Global Asian Studies, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, or Hospitality Leadership, to name a few.

Why study Japanese at DePaul?

DePaul University offers a major and a minor in Japanese studies and a minor in Japanese language. The Japanese Studies program is an interdisciplinary program, focusing on Japanese language, literature, history, art, religions, culture, political science or business. Faculty members are specialists in various fields of Japanese studies.DePaul University is an ideal urban site to learn the Japanese language and culture with a variety of courses, an excellent exchange program, and various cultural activities. ​​

The Japanese Studies Program hosts several events throughout the academic year—film screenings, language table,s and costume contests, as well as tapping into an off-campus events such as ACEN. In doing so, we have built amicable relationships on and off campus with Japanese, Japanese-American, and alumni communities. As an urban institution with rich resources, our program provides many opportunities for you to engage in Japanese language and culture. W​​e welcome your participation.

Why study Japanese?

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 Jap​​an Foundation has also outlined many great reasons and benefits to studying Japanese.

What can I do with Japanese Studies?

Practically anything!  One of the many benefits of a language major is the flexibility afforded to you. You can work in whatever areas you've gained experiences in while in college through part-time jobs, internships, and student organizations.  If you are interested in working in hospitality, for example, you can major in Japanese Studies and complete hospitality courses for your open electives while also working a part-time job in the hospitality industry.  If you are interested in working for the government, you can begin as a volunteer in a government office, apply for City of Chicago internships, and work part-time as an office assistant or desk receptionist for an alderman's office.  Working on campus in an administrative capacity can also provide you with excellent experiences in an office setting.  For more information and ideas on what you can do with a language major, please view the employment opportunities listed on this page, along with our homepage.

In Pursuit of Japanese

Double major

A language "studies" major allows students to complete classes in the target language and classes in English about the target language culture (religion, history, art, etc.).  This makes language studies majors a desirable double major, as students have more flexibility to select courses that best fit their needs and interests.  Students may be able to double count their learning domain requirements with the "studies" courses (also known as "allied" courses) when they pursue a language studies major as the secondary major.  In order to fit a language studies secondary major into their graduation timeline, students are recommended to complete approved allied courses that are also learning domain approved courses.  For a list of approved allied and learning domain courses, please click here​. For a class scheduling template to determine whether or not a double major or minor may be completed within the desired graduation timeline, please click here.​

Dual Degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a double major, but who do not have enough open electives in which to complete a double major, may wish to consider pursuing dual degrees, instead of a double major. The requirements for dual degrees are outlined online here.  A double major = one degree with two majors and one diploma.  Dual degrees = two degrees with two majors and two diplomas (e.g., Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Game Development PLUS Bachelor of Arts with a major in Japanese Studies).  Students should discuss any interest in pursuing dual degrees with their advisors in both programs. Click here​ for an example of how students might be able to double count requirements and/or complete dual degrees.

Language Proficiency Development


  • ​​Read for fun!
    • Read manga in Japanese - buy them from used bookstores or borrow from the library.  Non-profit and education-related organizations tied to Japan are more likely to have their shelves stocked with manga.  Neighborhoods with more Japanese citizens will also provide texts in Japanese.
    • Newspapers 
    • Magazines such as:
  • Mailing Lists:  To subscribe to an electronic mailing list, send mail to the mailserver address with no subject and the words "SUBSCRIBE (your name)" in the body of the message. You will receive instructions by e-mail from the mailing list server.
    • JTIT-L:(Japanese Teachers and Instructional Technology) :a newsgroup for teachers of English
    • JSLAR: (Japanese as a Second Language Acquisition Researchers) 
  • You c​an find a variety of Japanese magazines, books, dictionaries and movies/videos in Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park campus. The two most popular magazines for learners of Japanese are available: Mangajin and Nihongo Journal (with audio tapes).  To search for Japan-related books, magazines and videos, use the selected Japanese materials available at the DePaul LPC Library
    • Japanese books/journals/references
    • Japanese movies
  • Learn Japanese kanji through websites like Kanj​i Damage
  • Change the language on your electronic devices to Japanese​


  • ​​Japanese E-mail Project ~ DePaul students of Japanese have been exchanging Japanese e-mails with native Japanese college/grad students in Nagoya University, using Eudora-J on Mac computers.
  • Java Kanji Flashcard 500 ~ The Java Kanji Flashcard 500 is a web kanji reference/practice program developed at DePaul University with the support from the Japan Foundation and DePaul QIC grants. The program is designed based on the first 500 high-frequency kanji characters. For more information, visit our demo version web site Java Kanji Flashcard 500 or read Shinbun Denshi Media no Kanji.
  • Practice hiragana/katakana
  • Another site to practice hirgana/katakana
  • Learn intermediate level kanji
  • Java-based Kanji practice app Renshuu
  • KanjiBox application is available as an iPhone application and an online/Facebook version.
  • Kanji quiz​
  • Learn kanji through etymology
  • ​​Submit an article in Japanese for Creating Knowledge
  • Submit an article in Japanese for Global Voices
  • Apply for the LAS summer undergra​duate research grant with a Japanese faculty member


  • Practice your listening skills through games.
  • Listen to NHK Japanese news radio online.
  • More children’s songs
  • Watch Japanese movies, in Japanese (without the subtitles). Japanese movies are available for purchase through various retailers such as Best Buy, Target, etc. Rentals are also available at Mitsuwa.
  • Listen to Japanese podcasts such as
  • Watch Japanese Youtube videos
  • Listen to Japanese literature, folk stories, and fairy tales online
  • Watch Japanese news online


Online Dictionaries and other resources

  • Japanese dictionary app for iPad/iPhone Midori
  • Japanese/English and kanji dictionary
  • Anime-manga games and other tid bits from The Japan Foundation
  • Japanese test from The Japan Foundation
  • Univ. of Calgary: Window shareware 
  • Japan America Student Conference ~ DePaul University hosted the 50th Japan America Student Conference (JASC) in the summer of 1998 as one of the three U.S. institutes. The JASC is a non-profit educational and cultural exchange program for university students from the U.S. and Japan. Every year (except during World War II), 60-80 American and Japanese college students from different universities have participated and discussed a variety of issues about Japan and the U.S., such as economic development, human rights, the environment, mass media, etc. The conference is organized and managed by the students and the participants spend a month living, studying and traveling together in the U.S. or Japan. Many alumni of the JASC have become distinguished members of business, academic and governmental organizations in their respective societies. Kiichi Miyazawa, as one example, became to Prime Minister of Japan after having participated in the 1939 and 1949 JASC Conference. 
  • Add furigana to Japanese text
  • Add furigana to websites
  • Gyula Zsigri's CJK Quick Start page. Information on how to get a list of applications to run on various platforms.
  • The Tokyo PC Users Group is a club for technology enthusiasts of all sorts, from beginners to seasoned pros.
  • ee-Tokyo ~ Tokyo tourism and history information

Employment Opportunities


  • ​Mitsubish-Fuso ~ Put your theoretical knowledge into practice in a real business environment. An internship with Mitsubishi Fuso prepares you for the future. You'll work on exciting and challenging projects, helping to develop real solutions and gaining valuable insights into the culture and processes of a global company. It’s an intense experience to help get your career off to a flying start.  We offer internships for two to six months for Japanese students and for four to six months for foreign students. Shorter internships are not recommended.
  • S​ony​ ~ Sony’s U.S. companies offer college students the opportunity to work in an exciting, innovative, fast-paced environment while receiving valuable hands-on experience.  These internships are a great way to work on challenging projects and to be recognized for your talent and hard work, while giving your career a head start and bringing what is learned in the classroom to life.  Our interns truly become a part of their Sony departments and work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented professionals in the industry.  So​ny Japan
  • Fujitsu ~ Professional Internshipでは、具体的な仕事を通じて社会や企業を知り、「働く」ことを体感していただきます。仕事を通してプロダクトとテクノロジーをベースとしたICTサービス企業の魅力を知り、自分自身の新たな可能性を発見してください。
  • Dentsu ~ 電通の仕事は、人の心を動かす仕事。広告という枠やメディアの壁を自由に超えて、昨日までなかったアイデアで、人の心を動かしています。これからますます広がっていく電通の仕事をそれぞれの領域のトップランナーとともに体験しながら、スキルや知識を習得したい方のために、今年もインターンシップを開催します。テーマは「アイデアの学校」。 自分のアイデアで課題を解決する電通の仕事のオモシロさに興味のある方、応募をお待ちしています。なお、本インターンシップ・プログラムは、当社の新卒採用選考とは関係ありませんので予めご了承ください。
  • NRI business internship ~ 社員や他の参加者と力を合わせながら、実際の事例や業務に取り組んでいただきます。

How to use this list

  • Consider this to be a list of possibilities ~ Bi/multilingual students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. The key is to gain experiences relevant to your future career so that employers don't have to spend more time and money to train you.  
  • Find additional internship/job options through DePaul Handshake. Once you log in, click on jobs/internships and review the jobs/internships that have been posted.
  • Gather additional information about the types of internships that are available with the companies you're interested in, research intern applicant requirements, and gain perspective on what employers are looking for in job applicants so that you may work to gain those skills. 
The posting of an internship or job does not mean that DePaul University is making any recommendation regarding the internship or job.  Students should understand that DePaul University does not make any representations or guarantees about the accuracy of information regarding internships and jobs included here.  Students are responsible for requesting additional information from a potential internship site or employer as necessary to make internship or employment decisions.


  • ​​Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET) ~ JET is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations.
  • Temple University, Japan ~ The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) internship program provides opportunities for the interns to work as research associates with faculty members, help organize conferences, or work on special projects with TUJ administrators. Through TUJ’s Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, interns have worked on organizing major academic symposia, assisted faculty in their work (in art history, nation-branding, and Chinese immigration), and co-written articles.
  • University of T​okyo ~ The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa is a short-term summer program which provides a scholarship for undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th years of study from institutions overseas, and are considering attending graduate school in Japan after graduation. This is an opportunity for students to expose themselves to cutting-edge research in the natural sciences and social sciences.



  • ​​Japan NPO Center ~  JNPOC aims to support civic activities of Japanese civil society and the growth of its nonprofit sector. It also aims to establish effective partnerships between the nonprofit sector and the government as well as the private sector.
  • Japan Society ~ The Japan Society volunteer internship program offers individuals opportunities to increase their awareness of contemporary Japan and gain knowledge of its history and cultural heritage while simultaneously preparing for professional and academic careers.  Select, qualified interns are invited to volunteer to contribute their talents and abilities to assist Japan Society’s programs in the arts, business, education and public affairs. Interns participate in the day-to-day activities of these programs, in addition to specific projects. While at the Japan Society, interns serve alongside experts on Japan from diverse disciplines and enjoy the benefits of its many resources.
  • Japan Center for International Exchange ~ The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is one of the few independent nongovernmental organizations in the field of international affairs in Japan. It operates a wide range of programs to promote dialogue and cooperation among leaders from different sectors of society in Japan and around the world.
  • Ashinaga ~ We have two main jobs. One is to provide financial support to children who have lost either one or both of their parents. The other is to provide emotional support. We hold summer camps for ASHINAGA scholars every summer, where children can express their sorrow and share feelings together. We also provide constant emotional care programs at Kobe Rainbow House, which was built in 1999 as the first day care center for orphans in Japan. 
  • Japan for Sustainability ~ Japan for Sustainability (JFS) carefully tracks efforts and signs of positive change in Japan, and provides its findings to people everywhere who share an interest in change for the better.
  • World Chicago ~ WorldChicago facilitates professional and personal interactions for international leaders during official visits to Chicago through U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange programs; enhances respect and communication through international exchanges and alliances; and promotes the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois as important centers of business and culture.

Job Search Sites

  • Recruit
  • At-InternShip
  • MyNavi
  • Internship Campusweb
  • Internship GUIDE
  • Career Forum Net (for Japanese/English bilinguals) ~ Career ("CFN") is the service run by DISCO International to provide career opportunity information on the internet. The service includes the distribution of e-mails of information including "CFN PRESS," which distributes e-mail messages with information helpful for job hunting activities and enhancement of career development.
  • Going Global ~ provides country-specific career and employment information. Search for jobs and internships in more than 30 countries and over 50 USA metropolitan areas. View country career guides, get news on H-1B Visa employers and more. Campus Connection login and password required.
  • JETwit ~ The alumni magazine, career center and communication channel for the JET alumni community worldwide.

Additional resources for employment

Financial Support


  • ​​Fulbright, Boren, Marshall, Rhodes, Carnegie, Truman information for DePaul students can be found on the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' Scholarship site​. ​
  • Council on Foreign Relations ~ Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. In cooperation with CFR, the program’s sponsor, Hitachi, Ltd., assists fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Japan. A nonexclusive list of cooperating institutions in Japan can be found below.
  • Nippon Foundation Fellowships
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Mike Mansfield Fellowship ~ The Mansfield Fellowship Program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as grantor.  The program receives significant in-kind support from the government of Japan and the Ishikawa Prefectural Government.  Additional support comes from corporate sponsors and foundations.


  • ​​Nippon Foundation
  • United States-Japan Foundation
  • Japan Foundation New York
  • Japan Foundation LA
  • Japan Foundation ~ Center for Global Partnership - Intellectual Exchange
  • List of grants available by category through the US Embassy in Japan
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Sumimoto Foundation ~ The Sumitomo Foundation provides grants, by public subscription, to the projects stated in the left column, involving international exchanges, culture, environment, and basic sciences.
  • Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation ~ The foundation provides funding for events and projects such as personnel exchanges and seminars designed to promote international friendship. It also gives grants to international cooperative activities and related project in the fields of economy, society and culture. 
  • Tomodachi ~ The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs.
  • Toyota Foundation ~ Since it was established in 1974, the Toyota Foundation has provided grants to research and projects in a wide variety of areas relating to human and natural environments, social welfare, and education and culture, in line with our founding philosophy of “contributing to the realization of a human-oriented society for the sake of greater human happiness.”
  • Fuji Xerox Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund ~ In 1977, as a memorial commemorating the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, the first president of Fuji Xerox, the Fuji Xerox Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund was established as an in-company endowment with the purpose of contributing to the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between Japan and countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific through academic exchanges. Academic research grants are given to doctoral program students in the fields of the humanities and social sciences that fulfill the above-mentioned purposes.
  • Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund ~ The JEC Fund Grant is offered to projects suitable for commemorating the success of the Japan World Exposition 1970 and contributing to promotion of public-interest international mutual understanding such as: (1) Projects contributing to international cultural exchange and international goodwill (2) International projects in the fields of academic study, education, social welfare, medical care, and hygiene and public health (3) International projects designed for conservation of nature and human environment


  • Students may review and apply for scholarships available to DePaul students through the Academic Works scholarship application site.
  • Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation ~ The foundation provides funding for foreign students to study in Japan with the intention of training them in a way that develops high intercultural awareness and makes them capable of playing a leading role in future international relations.
  • United States - Japan Bridging Foundation ~ The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards scholarships to US undergraduate students to study for one semester or academic year in Japan.  The Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for study abroad in Japan to help prepare America’s young people to assume future global leadership roles.  Students must be accepted in a program in Japan, and provide the tuition.  Bridging Scholars are chosen by a volunteer committee and awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 for the academic year, which provide for travel and daily cost-of-living expenses.
  • Ito Foundation for International Education Exchange ~ The ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange was established to undertake the will of Master Ito in supporting young people with Integrity, Talent and Originality. We give scholarships as a way to promote mutual understanding between our country and other nations and aim to nurture people who can contribute to the world.
  • Japanese Language Scholarship ~ JLSF was established in 1998 (and its guidelines revised in 2013) to encourage teachers of the Japanese language and students in Japanese languagestudies in their educational and/or professional development as well as to promote cultural exchange.
  • Foundation for Global Scholars ~ The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serving US undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, we empower globally minded college students who want  to make an impact. We support global changemakers.  And we help our nation’s future workforce become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world.
  • Additional Scholarships listed through Earlham College
  • Yoshida Scholarship Foundation ~ In this program, a scholarship grant is awarded to foreign students specializing in the field of natural science while studying at a graduate school in Japan.
  • Honjo International Scholarship Foundation ~  It is mainly provided to foreign students who study in Japanese graduate schools on the purpose of earning doctoral degree.

Study Abroad

DePaul Programs

​​Study Abroad scholarships are available to eligible students.
To learn more about how to apply study abroad credit toward degree progress, please visit our advising FAQs webpage​.
  • Ritsumeikan - Kyoto (exchange program) ~ academic year
    • earn 48 credits for 6 JPN and 6 Japanese Studies courses
    • Ritsumeikan: # of actual courses: 12

      Fall – total 17 credits

      Winter – total 14 credits

      Spring – total 17 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 7.5 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 3 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 7.5 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 1.5 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 3 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 1.5 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 4 credits

  • Kansai Gaidai - Osaka (exchange program) ~ academic year
    • earn 48 credits for 6 JPN and 6 Japanese Studies courses
    • Kansai Gaidai: #  of actual courses : 8

      Fall – total 18 credits

      Winter – total 12 credits

      Spring – total 18 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 7.5 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 6 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 6 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 4.5 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 6 credits

      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 7.5 credits

      MOL 198, 298 or 398 worth 6 credits


      JPN 198, 298 or 398 worth 4.5 credits

  • Japan: Moral Issues Across Cultures ~ Atom Bomb Discourse (Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima) ~ December intersession
    • earn 8 credits for 2 classes: Religious Dimensions (RD) & Japanese Studies (double counting if Japanese Studies is secondary major or minor) + JYEL

Non-DePaul Programs

  • ​​Kyushu, summer
  • Ritsumeikan, summer - This program runs early June through late July, which generally does not work with our spring quarter schedule. However, depending on your classes and professors, it might be possible to still participate. Students should contact their spring quarter professors before the start of spring quarter in order to ascertain whether or not it may be possible for them to leave campus early June.
  • Sophia University, summer
  • KCP International, summer (no transfer credit - ideal for those without open electives and who therefore do not need college credit, but desire Japanese ​​language proficiency)
  • If you don't need the credit (i.e., don't have room for JPN open electives), consider traveling to Japan on your own over the summer and participating in a Japanese language program that is not affiliated with a university, as this is a cost-effective way in which to acquire language skills. You can find reasonably priced accommodations online through sites that advertise share housing such as AirBNB​ or search for monthly apartment rentals through sites such as MonthlyMansion​​​. You could also try finding a summer job in Japan with places such as the American School in Japan​ or WWO​​OF​.

DePaul is not recommending any of the above mentioned information. Students should exercise due diligence in researching their options and read the fine print before choosing to participate in any program or sign any agreements.