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Japanese Language and Cultural Studies


"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.


Upcoming Events

JPN 2102-001 Japanese Film

GIS 4283-001 Global Tea Culture (offered through GIS)

Fall 2015 Events

October 28, 2015

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies' Japanese Language and Cultural Studies presents: Japanese Folk Tales, Yokai and Ghosts. Guest Speaker Matthew Meyer, Author and Illustrator will speak on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:00pm -4:00 pm in Bartley Hall room 32. Co sponsored by Asian Studies



Fall 2015 Events
September 10, 2015

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies on Thursday, September 10, 2015 will begin our Global Impact Series. Our first event will be held in the Garey Hall Alumni Event room at 4:30 pm as we host Professor Pamela Lee Novick from Keisen Jogakuen University in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Novick  will present “Out of Place”- Becoming a Third Culture Adult in Japan.


JPN 2143 Japanese Culture Course: Japanese Animation

Congratulations to Our Students!

  •  Hayley Aron, who is minoring in Japanese in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), was granted a scholarship from the Overseas Research Centers Council of America through the U.S. Department of Education to study in Japan in the summer of 2012. This is a very competitive scholarship and we congratulate her on her accomplishment.
  • Kali Cook, Rachel Horton, Manhattan Ishimi, Hyo Youn Kim, Patrick Borja-Navarrete and Matthew Virts were 2012 JNHS-CC inductees from Villanova University. The students were  in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), and inducted by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Casey Richards
    Junior IGIS, Casey Richards has been awarded the Gilman Scholarship for her studies abroad in Japan. In addition to the Gilman Scholarship, Casey Richards has been offered a prestigious State Department Internship.  Casey’s internship will take her to the Marshall Islands. Her blog contains detailed information for other students who plan to travel abroad in Japan.

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.

Contact Information

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Dr. Masako Hamada, Program Coordinator
Garey Hall 34B

Study Abroad - Kansai Gaidai Spring Semester 2012

GIS Senior, Russel Miller, won first prize for his video in Japan.