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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
Anthropology, or any other major they find desirable. Some may also choose to pursue a
dual degree with a BS in
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
English as a Second Language & Bilingual Education,
Global Asian Studies,
Management Information Systems, or
Hospitality Leadership, to name a few.
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. We welcome your participation.
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.
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.
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.