• <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/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/495/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86487_Japanese_main_image.rev.1607647858.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" 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"/> <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 fo..." 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 both written and spoken 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. 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.


  • At L&C, I was given the attention I needed to get into the right classes and graduate on time.

    Jay Horita-Chu BA ’18
    Los Angeles, California
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  • Digital Media has been my favorite class! It simultaneously introduced me to the world of coding and expanded my views on what art can be; I have yet to take a class as fun and impactful as that one has been. It was a major factor in my choosing computer science as my major.

    Julian Diaz BA ’24
    Los Angeles, California
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  • I loved all my Japanese courses with Instructor Satomi Newsom. In learning a new language, it often feels like you’re learning something novel with each lesson because so much is unfamiliar. The sense of discovery is very rewarding.

    Dexter Tatsukawa BA ’24
    Sunnyvale, California
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