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Majors and Minors

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

The College offers an interdisciplinary concentration and minor in East Asian Studies as part of the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies major, whereby students can combine their language study with coursework ranging from disciplines like history and anthropology to the 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

A minor in Japanese Studies through the Japanese Program in Modern Languages requires 18 semester credit hours beyond the 202 level, however JAPN 150W can count toward the minor.   Students can count 1 course outside of the program provided it has significant Japan-related content (students should consult the course listing under AMES). Courses taken while participating in study-abroad programs can 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.