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.




Fall 2015 Events

Global Impact Series, Japanese Language and Cultural Studies Program

  • Guest Speaker: Professor Pamela Lee Novick from Keisen Jogakuen University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Topic: "Out of Place" - Becoming a Third Culture Adult in Japan
  • Date: September 10th, 2015
  • Location: Garey Hall
  • Time: 4:30-5:30pm, 5:30-6pm Reception

Co-Sponsored by Asian Studies


Study a Foreign Language and Culture in the Age of Globalization!

Learn about Japan without leaving campus. 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.

IGIS will be offering the following courses in Fall 2015:

  • Introductory Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese III
  • Japanese Animation

Studying a foreign language and culture will not only help you understand the society and people of the other culture, but will also help you understand your own culture and yourself better. Taking foreign language and culture courses will help you become a more well-rounded person both personally and academically. In Japanese Studies of IGIS at Villanova, you can not only study the Japanese language, you can also learn about Japanese culture, history, society, films, literature, and food.

If interested, contact:

Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
36 Garey Hall, Tel.: 610-519-6302



Japanese Culture Course: Japanese Animation (JPN 2143)

Explores how anime is a reflection of Japanese society, art, and culture. Intorduction to rich & varied world of Japanese animated films by considering anime as medium, art, culture, and industry. This course offers an introduction to history, theory, aesthetics and cultural aspects of anime, with emphasis on 'the art of communication' with the medium. Fulfills requirement for Japanese minor (3 credits).

Course Attributes:

C&F Humanities, DIV III, Asian Studies, Fine Ares Requirement, Japanese, Non-Western International Requirement, WREN

Days: MW from 3-4:15pm


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

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