College of Letters & Sciences

Japanese Studies

The Japanese Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students an opportunity to develop proficiency in Japanese language and a broad understanding of Japan – the world’s third largest economy and an important partner of the United States. We offer six levels of Japanese language courses, as well as courses on Japanese history, politics, culture, literature, religion, society, geography, and gender and family relations. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Japan for an internship, travel study, or study abroad program.

Students will be prepared for the global economy by acquiring proficiency in the Japanese language – one of the most used languages on the Internet – and developing cultural fluency and global, comparative perspectives.

The major also requires the following:

  • Completion of a senior thesis
  • An approved field experience in Japan
  • taking a national Japanese language proficiency test
  • A portfolio with 3 projects or papers from courses in the major
  • An oral exit interview in Japanese

You can view the list of Japanese Studies courses here.


Contact Information

Jonathan Burkham  
Associate Professor
Department of Geography/Geology/Environmental Science
Phone: (262) 472-7173
Office: UH 114

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