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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences



Program Information

The Japanese program follows other foreign language programs in offering students a choice between a standard Japanese (34 credits) and a Japanese for the Professions major (25 credits; second major only).

The Japanese degree option prepares students to enter the teaching profession and/or continue their study of the language at the graduate level. The Japanese for the Professions degree option offers a skills-based, proficiency-oriented second major that prepares students to communicate in Japanese in professional settings.

The professions major focuses on both language proficiency and intercultural proficiency to provide students entering today’s global, diverse workplace with the communication skills necessary to work effectively within and across different language communities, increasing their employability.

Currently, we offer three years of Japanese language study and several English-language courses on Japanese and Asian culture. Students can minor in Japanese or major in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japan. The Japanese minor complements a range of majors and professions, and creates greater opportunities to learn, work, and study abroad.

Courses Offered

First level: Japanese 101, 102
Japanese 105 Elementary Conversation
Second level: Japanese 203, 204
Japanese 205 Intermediate Conversation I
Third level: Japanese 305 Intermediate Conversation
Japanese 306 (reading and translation)
Japanese 307 (speaking and listening)
Japanese 308 (grammar and writing)
Japanese 361 Advanced Japanese for the Professions
JAPN/CHIN/ASIA 111 [DIVR]: Asian Film
JAPN/ASIA 112, Japanese Popular Media (coming soon)
JAPN 120 [DIVR]: Traditional Japanese Culture
JAPN/ASIA 123 [HUM] Modern Japanese Culture
JAPN/CHIN/ASIA/HUM 131 [DIVR]: Masterpieces of Asian Literature
JAPN/CHIN/ASIA 320 [DIVR]: Issues in East Asian Ethics
Gender and Love in East Asian Culture
JAPN/CHIN/ASIA 322 [HUM] Ecology and East Asia
JAPN 499, Special Problems


For additional program information and to view an example of schedule for studying Japanese, click here.

Study Abroad

Washington State University students have many excellent opportunities for study abroad in Japan. Japan is safe, clean, friendly, and affords students unlimited possibilities for learning, fun, and adventure.

Students studying in Japan will earn course credit while experiencing this fascinating country first hand. For more information on study abroad programs, visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs.