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The Department of Japanese and Chinese houses two interdisciplinary studies programs, the Chinese Studies program and the Japanese Studies program, offering a major and a minor in Chinese Studies, a major in Japanese Studies, and a minor in Japanese language. The goal of these programs is to provide a quality opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching and learning about the language and culture of China and Japan. We expect our students to acquire the language skills and the analytical abilities to operate effectively in an increasingly complex and diverse world. It is our belief that as students apply what they learn in our classes they will gain an understanding and appreciation of other peoples and cultures.


The Japanese Studies major is an interdisciplinary major combining language study with cultural studies. Students majoring in Japanese Studies are required to take courses in Japanese language at all levels and courses on the history, literature, art, religion and culture of Japan. Majors students are strongly recommended to study abroad in Japan for one or two semesters through the Japan Study Program (JSP) at our sister university, Tokyo International University, Kawagoe, Japan. The majors are also encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities fro language and cultural exchange offered by Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) on our campus.

The Japanese Studies major is structured to include: (1) a broad introduction to East Asian civilization (one credit); (2) the study of Japanese language through the fourth year (four credits); (3) courses on Japanese literature, culture and history (three credits); (4) an elective concentration consisting of courses on history, religion, art and culture of Japan and/or China (three credits); and 5) a Senior Year Experience (one credit) involving a writing project which will integrate and consolidate knowledge and understanding of Japan which the student has gained through the program's course of studies. Credits from study in Japan will be transferred upon faculty approval.

A variety of career opportunities are available to students who graduate with a strong grounding in the study of Japanese. These include the JET program, foreign service, international trade, graduate study, and teaching of English as a second language.

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The Chinese Studies major is an interdisciplinary major combining language and culture courses on China. Students majoring in Chinese Studies are required to take courses in Chinese language at all levels, and are required to take courses in other departments and programs that focus on China in such areas as economics, politics, religion, history, art history, communication, anthropology, and folklore. Study abroad in China is required.

The Chinese Studies major is structured to include four areas: 1) core courses on Chinese and Asian cultures (two credits); 2) Chinese language (three credits); 3) introductory and intermediate level courses on or related to Chinese Studies offered through different departments and programs (four credits); and 4) upper level courses on or related to Chinese Studies offered by different departments and programs (three credits).
The Chinese Studies major requires that the student earn 12 credits from courses with at least three different prefixes. Substitutions can be made with faculty approval. Credits from study in China will be transferred with faculty approval.