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About the Program

Are you interested in Japan? A major or minor in Japanese studies gives you the chance to explore that interest. You will gain linguistic and cultural fluency to provide expertise on Japanese culture and society. You will also learn valuable historical and social context as well as analytic skills applicable to many careers. Students often combine Japanese studies with a second major to bring geographical focus to studies in international relations, global studies, finance, anthropology, computer science and more.

What Makes Us Different

  • Culture

    Learn about every aspect of Japanese culture including literature, manga and cinema.

  • Language

    Four levels of language instruction are offered from beginner to advanced.

  • Interdisciplinary

    Affiliated faculty teach Japan-related courses across other departments.

Applied Learning


Alumni Highlight

Hayley Snowden '19 graduated with a marketing major and Japanese studies minor. While on campus, she wrote for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. Now, Snowden is a Senior Strategist at Wunderman Thompson Health in Washington, D.C.

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Department of Japanese Studies

Washington Hall Room 210

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.