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Japanese Language and Cultural Studies


Why Learn Japanese?

With the help of information technology advances, the current communication landscape is radically reshaping how we interact with the world. A literate person in the 21st century is expected to have a wide range of abilities and competencies. Because of this, more than ever, the world, particularly in the current global economy, needs people who have global competencies (ACTFL, 2014) - these include inter-cultural competency, interdisciplinary knowledge, diverse perspectives, capacity to adapt to complex social interactions and the ability to communication more than one language. People with multi-lingual skills have a strong advantage in the diverse and dynamic Global Community.

Japanese is a great language to develop your skillset and competency to become an active participant in the global community. Japan still leads the world in many diverse fields, even as the world’s appreciation for traditional culture deepens. By studying Japanese, you can deepen your knowledge and develop unique skills through the fine arts (kabuki, tea ceremony, wood block print), traditional and contemporary literature (haiku, novels), sports and martial arts (sumo, judo, aikido), entertainment (anime, games, manga), life (food, fashion), not to mention the economy and sciences (IT, semiconductors, automobiles, chemical engineering). There is a need for people with a deep understanding of the language and culture of Japan – in the both the private and public sectors – because even in the digital age, communication skills are critical.

Japanese Language & Cultural Studies offers a range of language and culture courses that can fulfill your language requirement and Diversity Requirement, as well as contributing to a Japanese Minor or Asian Studies Major/Minor.

Please check upoming events page to see what's happening in Japanese Studies.

JPN 1112 Introductory Japanese II

JPN 1122 Intermediate Japanese II

JPN 1132 Advanced Japanese II

JPN 3412-001 Japanese Videogames & Gaming

JPN 3412-003 Marginal Voices in Japanese Literature (Diversity 3)

JPN 1111 Introductory Japanese I

JPN 1121 Intermediate Japanese I

JPN 1131 Advanced Japanese I

JPN 2102 Japanese Film (Diversity 3)

JPN 3412-001 Japanese Popular Culture (Diversity 3)

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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Program Acting Coordinator
Kayo Shintaku, Ph.D.

Garey Hall, 38C

Study Abroad - Kansai Gaidai Spring Semester 2012

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