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 a major or minor in the interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. Those students with an interest in global business are encouraged to pair their study of Japanese with a major in International Business with Language and Culture.