Degree: Bachelor of the Arts
The Union College interdepartmental major in Japanese, offered through the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, gives students a solid foundation in Japanese language and culture with classes in basic, intermediate and advanced Japanese.
Union offers a fall term abroad in Osaka through an exchange program with Kansai-Gaidai University. Students take intensive courses in written and spoken Japanese and have additional opportunities to improve language skills by staying with a host family.
Because there are so many ways to make connections across disciplines at Union, you might be inspired to study Japanese culture and by taking a visual arts class in Edo prints and printmaking.
As a student of Japanese, you can become involved in a number of academic, arts, cultural and social events on campus, including art exhibits, Japanese Language Table, culinary activities and films.Careers
This is the first series of courses in Japanese designed for students with no knowledge of the language. The emphasis is on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture supported by communicative practice.
This course examines the rich world of Japanese manga (comic books) and anime (animation), one of the most significant cultural products in Japan and a dominant global media export. The topics include the issues of the relationship between humans and nature; gender relations; humans and technology; “Japaneseness” of anime; and the globalization of manga.
This course will focus on societal aspects which are represented in the characteristics of language. Discussions will include gender differences, formality, and communication strategies.
Proficiency in Japanese opens up extensive career opportunities. Students of Japanese are well-suited for careers that require exposure to global issues in the arts, diplomacy, domestic and international business, education, engineering, government service, journalism, law, politics and technology.