Japanese (JP)

Assistant Professor: K. Nakano

The program in Japanese is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. In this program students learn the language of Japan, a country known for its rich history, economic power, and ever-changing popular culture. Courses are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Independent study courses are available to students who have completed advanced-level courses. Students are also encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs and should consult with the coordinator of the Japanese language program and the Center for Global Education early on.

Graduates with proficiency in Japanese are well positioned for jobs in fields such as government, international relations, finance, tourism, translation, and teaching. Moreover, learning Japanese is simpler than it might at first appear. Beginning students quickly master the phonetic alphabet and Japanese characters.

Students are strongly encouraged to explore the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary major-minor program. Students who may be interested in a self-designed minor in Japanese language should consult the coordinator of the Japanese language program as well as the CMLC department chair. (Permission of the appropriate associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is also required.)