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Program Information

The Japanese program at WSU offers students a choice between a standard Japanese (34 credits) major or degree, and a Japanese for the Professions major (37 credits; second major only).

The Japanese General degree option prepares students to 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 Japanese 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.

Three years of Japanese language study and English-language courses on Japanese and Asian culture are offered in the Japanese General Major.  Students can minor in Japanese or minor in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Modern Asia. The Japanese minor complements a range of majors and professions, and creates greater opportunities to learn, work, and study abroad.

Courses Offered

First level Language: Japanese 101, 102
Japanese 105 Elementary Conversation Practice
Second level Language: Japanese 203, 204
Japanese 205 Intermediate Conversation I Practice
Third level Language: Japanese 305 Intermediate Conversation II Practice
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
JAPN/CHIN/ASIA 321 [G][M]: 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.

Special Critical Language Scholarships – Japanese language offered

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.  Each summer, American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.To learn more, review the Critical Language Scholarship webpage.

Meet Our Japanese Program Faculty


For more information about the Japanese Program at WSU, please contact and/or make an appointment with Laurie Heustis, advisor, at 509-335-8731 or