• <a href="/live/image/gid/495/width/650/86487_Japanese_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86487"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/495/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/495/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/495/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg" alt="Nearly all of our students experience life in Japan through our study-abroad programs, offered for a single semester or for a full year." width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="3067" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Nearly all of our students experience life in Japan through our study-abroad programs, offered for a single semester or for a full year.</div>

We offer a range of courses in Japanese language and literature, which are part of both the world languages and literatures and Asian studies departments. In addition, our Japanese minor combines a thorough grounding for the language with a knowledge of the culture and literature of Japan. Our classes encompass four years of instruction, from beginning Japanese to advanced readings, allowing students of all abilities to immerse themselves in all four areas of language. Literature in translation courses explore both premodern and modern fiction, exposing students to the rich tradition of Japanese writing to contemporary writers like Haruki Murakami. Every semester, there is one cultural workshop where you can learn Japanese culture, such as Kendo and Ikebana, through hands-on experiences. Nearly all of our students experience life in Japan through our study abroad programs, offered for a single semester or for a full year. Programs are available at Hokusei Gakuin University in Sapporo, Waseda University in Tokyo, and Osaka Gakuin University or Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka.


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