Japanese Studies

Zen Buddhism, samurai, haiku, Yakuza, sushi, anime, Kurosawa: A minor in Japanese Studies will open doors to these and other marvels of this fascinating language and culture. The language skills and cultural understanding acquired through a minor in Japanese Studies can benefit students interested in a broad range of subjects and professions, from journalism, law, business, and government to history, the arts, and education.

Combining language study with area study, the minor in Japanese Studies has two goals: to give students a substantial introduction to the Japanese language and to introduce students to the study of Japanese culture in translation through courses in literature, history, religion, film, philosophy, art history, and sociology offered at Lang and throughout the university.


Undergraduate students from any college in the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students can select a minor from those offered by other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. The minor in Japanese Studies requires completion of the following five (5) courses:

  • 4 Core Language Courses *
  • 1 Elective

Total Credits: 18-20

*Students with more advanced proficiency can, upon the recommendation of the Japanese Studies coordinator, substitute an elective course for one required core course in the study of the language.

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.