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Japanese Studies

Japanese Studies students study in Japan

Discover Japan

 

Are you interested in Japanese studies? Come and discover the great beauty of modern Japan, from the traditional to the contemporary. Experience hands-on training in Japanese calligraphy or learn what makes Japanese video games a dominant force in the global market. Our language classes cover all social situations from informal to formal occasions with solid training in honorifics and skills for both academic and business presentations. Join the many students who have already decided to make what is certainly one of the world’s most interesting languages a part of their undergraduate experience as a Japanese studies major.

Study in Kobe, Tokyo, Fukuoka or Akita – four very different parts of the country with diverse experiences to offer. Join one of our dynamic student clubs to share your interests with others, whether it be martial arts, language study with native speakers or a deeper engagement with the Japanese art forms of manga, anime and videogames. Our Japanese studies program allows you to specialize in film, literature or pop culture while advancing your language skills and learning more about current events. You will graduate with a firm grasp of what life in Japan is really like and how Japanese culture makes an impact on our world every day.

We look forward to meeting you and making your undergraduate years rewarding, challenging and stimulating!

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Social Issues in Literature
  • Politics and Literature
  • Literature and Language as Expression of Distinct Cultures
  • Great Authors and Themes
  • Business
  • Cinema

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Education
  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Diplomacy
  • Business and Industry
  • Law Enforcement and National Security
  • Art Institutes/Museums
  • Media and Film
  • Diplomatic Services
  • Governmental Agencies
  • International For-Profit and Nonprofit agencies

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • East Asian Studies
  • Literature/Linguistics Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • International Relations/Public Policy
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Religious Studies
  • Law

What’s special about this program?

The Japanese program at the University of Delaware is a dynamic environment, with highly trained, award-winning teachers and a variety of student-run clubs on campus. We are supported by the great facilities of the Language Resource Center in our own building as well as the Games Lab in Morris Library. Our proficiency-oriented communicative approach develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, while an emphasis on social and cultural knowledge equips students to interact within the target culture confidently and successfully. Our graduates have proceeded to prestigious graduate programs in East Asian Studies, Law, and Religious Studies both here in the US and in Japan. Others go on to enter the JET program (teaching English in Japan), become translators or work for Japanese companies.

Get Involved

Nihongo Table

Anime and Manga Club at UD

Aikido Club

Genshiken Video Gaming Club

Japanese National Honor Society

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

JAPN105

 

Elementary Japanese I

JAPN106

 

Elementary Japanese II

JAPN107

 

Intermediate Japanese

JAPN208

 

Japanese Culture
MATH113

Contemporary Mathematics or higher

 

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Elective Courses

 

JAPN200

 

Composition and Conversation

JAPN201

 

Advanced Intermediate Japanese I

JAPN202

 

Advanced Intermediate Japanese II
 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Elective Courses

 

FLLT328

 

Japanese Literature in Translation

JAPN301

 

Advanced Japanese Grammar

JAPN305

 

Advanced Japanese Conversation
JAPN401

Issues in Japanese Society

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Second Writing Course

 

  Elective Courses

JAPN405

 

Japanese Translation: Theory and Practice

JAPN455

 

Reading Japanese Literature
 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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