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Celebrating its 100th year in 2017, the University's Department of Japanese Studies is one of the oldest of its kind in the English-speaking world. Offering training in the Japanese language, as well as in Japanese culture, this major prepares you to be an active participant in our multicultural world.

With a large network of partner universities in Japan, you will have the opportunity to undertake an unforgettable in-country exchange program experience, further honing your language and cultural skills.

Culture units use Japanese materials to present various aspects of ancient to contemporary Japan ranging across disciplines from history and literature to popular culture.

Even if you have no previous knowledge of the language, you will gain basic literacy in Japanese and the ability to express yourself in everyday situations. If you finish your major at the highest level, you will graduate with quite a fluent proficiency of the language.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

You can study a Japanese Studies major or minor, starting at the level most suited to your current ability. See our language proficiency levels for more details.

This major is offered by the Department of Japanese Studies

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Cultural or development officer
  • International relations and trade
  • Language specialist
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Policy analyst
  • Public service positions
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.