Japanese Studies

Big News!

New Japanese Studies Major approved by the Board of Visitors! Read more here.

Why Japanese?

Relevance: As the world's third largest economy and one of the United States' most important allies and trading partners, Japan is critical to an understanding of global issues. In the cultural sphere, Japan exerts enormous influence though the borderless appeal of its anime, manga, film, and literature.

Focus: Courses in Japanese Studies brings geographical focus to majors in International Relations, Global Studies, Finance, Anthropology, Film & Media Studies and more.

Marketable Skills: Japanese is one of the ten most widely-spoken languages in the world, and a language in which the US State Department has identified a critical need. Japanese language skills give you a rare advantage in the job market.

Opportunities: Study abroad, live with other students of Japanese in the Japanese House, or conduct independent research as part of your degree.

The Proof: Check out how Japanese Studies alumni have put their training to use in corporate careers, public service, education, and research.