The Japanese Minor allows students to engage in rigorous language and cultural study while pursuing their chosen major.  Many students in Asian Studies choose to pursue a Japanese minor, as do students in such diverse majors as Biology, Physics, International Affairs, English. In fact, the Japanese minor can be paired with any major on campus. 


A minimum of 20 semester credits (five courses) beyond 202, distributed as follows:

* Japanese 230 Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation or JAPN 290 Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation.

* A minimum of 16 credits from the following on-campus courses or approved equivalents from an overseas program:

Japanese 251, 252 Japanese Conversation (if two courses are taken)

JAPN 310    Readings and Composition in Japanese

JAPN 320.   Readings and Composition in Japanese

JAPN 410     Advanced Readings in Japanese:  Society and Culture

JAPN 420.    Advance Readings in Japanese: Fiction and Nonfiction

At least one 4-semester-credit language course must be taken on campus.

At least 12 semester credits must be exclusive to the minor (may not be used in any other set of major or minor requirements).

Participation in an overseas program in Japan is highly recommended.

Outside the Classroom

  • Company visits: You have an opportunity to visit a Japanese company in the Portland metropolitan area every April. This gives students a chance to use their Japanese language skills by talking to the company representatives and gaining knowledge about the Japanese business world.
  • Toyama Cup Speech Contest: Toyama Prefecture and Oregon have been Sister States for over 20 years. This annual event, which brings together university students from all over Oregon, southwest Washington, and Idaho, is extremely competitive. In 2018, Giulia Cordella ’21 took second place and Kai Swift ’21 took third place at the beginner’s level. Sara Wilky took third place at the advanced level.
  • Intercultural communication in the community: Members from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Portland visit Lewis & Clark for round table discussions with students learning Japanese and Japanese national students on campus.
  • Japan Night: This is a campus-wide annual event to celebrate Japanese culture with food and activities such as calligraphy, a fashion show, singing, and dancing.
  • Japan Club: This is one of the most active clubs on campus. Monthly movie nights with Japanese snacks and various activities to draw both American and Japanese students.
  • Japanese Language Table: Twice a week you have the opportunity to have dinner with our Japanese Language Assistant, a native speaker of Japanese. This provides a relaxed atmosphere for conversation practice.
  • Publishing your Japanese writing: The world languages and literatures department annually publishes a beautiful booklet called Polyglot. Our students in Japanese always contribute.