Japanese: Culture-Intensive Option (JPN)

The department of East Asian Languages and Literature presents a wide range of courses in several programs, from introductory courses in the languages and literatures of East Asia (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) to advanced graduate-level study of linguistics and literature. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chinese or Japanese and minors in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. The department also offers master's (MA) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in East Asian languages and literatures. At all levels, students may choose to focus on either language or literature, and all degree programs require course work from both areas.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of this region.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary field.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Develop critical language skills.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Japanese pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). The EALL department also offers a Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Japanese Studies. A major in Japanese provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Consulting firms

Research institutes

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs

Software engineer


Digital media specialist

Marketing manager

Technology specialist

Production coordinator

Social media manager

Project manager

Foreign language teacher
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
JPN 101-3

2nd Year
JPN 201-3; Choose from 2 JPN 305, 306, 307, 315 (WR 121 prereq for JPN 305-7)

3rd Year
JPN 301-3; Four 3xx/4xx electives (at least 2 JPN; up to 2 EALL,CHN,KRN; up to 1 other dept)

4th Year
Two from: JPN 411-416, 434-437

Major Credits
Required 31
Electives 16

Total 47

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

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Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating


Grant writing


Policy development and analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

Study abroad courses

International internships (IE3, Globalworks)

Career-oriented courses (business Japanese, translation)

Research assistantships
Specialized Courses

Manga Millennium

Modern Japanese Literature

Japanese Business Culture and Language

The Japanese Cinema

Translation and Japanese Literature

Japanese and Korean Phonetics

Japanese and Korean Syntax

Second-Language Acquisition
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Comics and Cartoon Studies


East Asian Studies


Second Language Acquistion and Teaching [certificate]

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