Cultural Knowledge

  • Learning Japanese opens up a unique window into one of the world’s ancient civilizations. As soon as you begin studying the Japanese language, you begin learning about Japanese history, cultural values, philosophical and religious beliefs, and aesthetic traditions.
  • The more proficient you become, the more you will be able to appreciate and understand Japan’s past and present.
  • Japanese is the language of Mishima, Kawabata, Enji, Endo, Kurosawa, Ozu, Kenzaburo, Oe, Soseki Natsume, and Oogai Mori.

Career Opportunities:

  • Japan is ranked as the third economic power of the world, even though the country is smaller than the state of California.
  • With a large population and the fast growing economy, Japan has a great potential as a market for U.S. goods.
  • Japan is widely expected to become a major geopolitical force in the new Millennium.
  • Graduates with proficiency in Japanese will be well-positioned for jobs in government, international relations, finance, tourism, translation, teaching and much, much more.
  • As the World’s third richest country (behind Switzerland and Luxembourg), Japan is an economic giant. Just over a decade ago, in 1990, for instance, the US exported $49 billion of products and services to Japan, but imported $90 billion worth of Japanese goods. This produced a trade imbalance of $41 billion, which constitutes almost a quarter of the entire US trade deficit.
  • There are many marketing and other business exchange opportunities in Japan and other Asian countries. Many businesses are eager to engage in import/export with the U.S.
  • Just over a decade ago, in 1992, only 1,225 young Americans were studying in Japan while 42,840 Japanese students came to the USA., indicating that trade surplus and close acquaintance with the other culture indeed do correlate: how can we communicate — and compete — with our business and research partners when we don’t understand their language and cultural background?
  • The USA. today is actively promoting a healthy relationship with Japan, both politically and academically.
  • In turn, Japan sees the U.S. as a very important political partner. For that reason, it too promotes a strong transpacific communication by sponsoring study exchanges and research visits for Americans each year in many cities.

Other reasons:

  • Japanese civilization is one of the oldest and richest in the world.
  • Japanese is one of the few languages which remain pictographic. Japanese calligraphy is a form of art.
  • Are you interested in writing the language of the people who have developed such superb arts as Kabuki, wood block prints, and the tea ceremony, and. . . . .
  • . . . . . . are you interested in speaking the language of the people who make Toyota, Honda, and Mazda?
  • Learning Japanese is not as hard as you think!

The CORE language requirement and beyond!

  • The Japanese Section participates in the university CORE curriculum by offering several levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced.
  • Courses in Japanese culture and literature are occasionally taught in English and may fulfill the International, the Literature, the Diversity, and the Writing-intensive course requirements.

But what can I myself do with Japanese?
(What’s your major?
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  • Japanese is important for art history, business, diplomacy, engineering, humanities, law, philosophy, political science, technology (including computer science), and religious studies majors, as well as for students intending to pursue a graduate degree in one of the natural sciences.
  • A knowledge of Japanese can be extremely useful for future scientists and engineers.
  • Are you considering majoring in Business? Japanese  is an excellent choice for Business majors wishing to tap into the as-of-yet unsaturated markets in many Asian countries.
  • There are many marketing and other business exchange opportunities in Japan and other Asian countries. Many businesses are eager to engage in import/export with the U.S.

EXAMPLES OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES FOR STUDENTS OF JAPANESE:

  • Double Major (2 languages , or 1 language + 1 other discipline)
  • East Asian Studies
  • Educational Certification
  • Humanities Program
  • International Business
  • International Studies, a Program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, — and Economics, History, Political Science, Art History and Humanities, Communications, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Sociology
  • Modern Languages & Cultures & International Economics – Japanese
  • World Literature
  • The Japanese Section participates in the university CORE curriculum by offering several levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced.
  • Courses in Japanese culture and literature are occasionally taught in English and may fulfill the International, the Literature, the Diversity, and the Writing-intensive course requirements.

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You can join the JCU Japan Club for exciting extra-curricular activities!