"Knowing another language enriches your personal life, expands the range of professional opportunities open to you, and increases your power to act as a citizen of the world." (MLA, 2006)
The Japanese Language and Cultural Studies program in the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies (IGIS) offers a variety of courses that cover everything from language study to all aspects of Japan — traditional and pop culture, society, history, literature, films, culinary culture and women's studies.
Students interested in Japan can take Japanese Langauge and Cultural Studies as a minor.
Majors can select courses on Japan from outside the department in fields including economics, art history, anthropology, history, and music.
The Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS–CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is pleased to assist teachers with a way to recognize their outstanding students, to maintain high standards in Japanese language education, and to promote activities that give students ways to use their language skills on their campuses and in their communities.
Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and red-and-white cords to wear at graduation, and they are recognized on the AATJ website and in its newsletter. Sponsoring instructors also receive recognition.
GIS Senior, Russel Miller, won first prize for his video in Japan.