William & Mary

Majors and Minors

There are a number of ways for William & Mary students to pursue their academic interests in Japan.

Students can major in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and, within that major, choose an interdisciplinary concentration and minor in East Asian Studies. This offers great flexibility to combine language study with coursework in a range of disciplines including the history, anthropology, art, literature, religions, and politics of Japan and its neighboring countries.

Students can also self-design an interdisciplinary major in Japanese Studies through the Charles Center.

Minor in Japanese Studies

Students can also pursue a minor in Japanese Studies through the Japanese Program in Modern Languages. The minor requires 18 semester credit hours beyond the 202 level (however JAPN 150W can count toward the minor).  Students can count one course outside of the program toward the total, provided it has significant Japan-related content (students should consult the course listing under AMES). Courses taken while participating in study-abroad programs can also count towards the minor with program approval. Minors are encouraged to take AMES 250 or History 141 or 142. No course for the minor may be taken pass/fail.