Gain a deeper understanding of a culture other than your own through study of the language, literature, and society of Japan. The diverse and innovative program caters to individual student needs and fosters forward thinking and intellectual freedom. This freedom is reflected in program coursework: in addition to four semesters of Japanese language instruction, students will complete courses on Japanese linguistics, syntax, civilization, contemporary literature, poetry, and classical Japanese. All students additionally must complete a capstone as a culminating experience to their time in the program. The U’s Japanese program provides excellent preparation for pursuing graduate work and entering a variety of professions where critical reading, writing, and thinking skills are paramount.
The Student Experience
For additional learning opportunities, consider completing an undergraduate research project or traveling to Japan for a semester to study and learn abroad. If you want to network and meet like-minded peers, consider joining the Japanese Cultural Association or the Student Advisory Committee for the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
Upon graduation from the Japanese program, you will be prepared for careers in a number of fields. Work for the government domestically or abroad as a translator, linguist, diplomat, immigration or customs specialist, or journalist. Or, enter the world of international business as a supply chain manager, logistics specialist, or HR representative. Jobs in travel and tourism—as an airline employee, travel guide, or translator—are possible, as are careers in education and administration. With additional education at the graduate level, you can also find work as a professor, lawyer, or bilingual speech pathologist.
- Department of World Languages & Cultures
- College of Humanities
- Department Advising
- Career & Professional Development Center
- Getting Ready Transfer Guide