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Japanese Studies studentsThe Japanese Studies Program is a vibrant entity in the Department of Languages at Chapman University.  The program actively pursues the advancement and improvement of the Japanese Studies program benefiting the students tremendously.  Each semester at least one upper-division course is offered to facilitate the completion of a Japanese Studies Minor for interested students.

The coursework available within the Japanese Studies program has been developed to span a variety of topics including Japanese communication strategies, business Japanese and Japanese culture and history.  Personal attention to quality education is an essential part of the program and the instructors take pride in the level of achievement of their students.

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Degrees Offered

Minor in Japanese: Requirements for completing a minor in Japanese: 21 credits, at least 15 of which must be upper-division. Students must complete 15 credits from section I, and 6 additional credits from section II, or approved Japanese language/Japan related coursework in a study abroad program in Japan. For more information regarding this program, please see the course catalog.

Minor in Asian Studies: Fostering critical thinking through the engagement and study of Asia in a global world. Learn more!

The B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages-Japanese

This degree is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to combine their interests in Japanese with the study of evidence–based communication approaches to create shared meaning and understanding of messages. Students become productive global citizens as they learn how to engage in rigorous application of communication theory and research while increasing linguistic and practical skills and broadening their awareness of culture to prepare for the global workplace. Graduates are in high demand as they combine core communication skills with high-level proficiency in a world language. They will be able to pursue careers in diplomacy, government, health care professions, journalism, NGOs, philanthropic organizations with international reach and more. The nine-credit hour Capstone sequence, which includes a service learning course/internship, intensive research in their chosen language, and a senior seminar in the global workplace, will provide students with hands on experience, which future employers will value. The major consists of 45 credits taken through the School of Communication and Japanese. For more information, click here.

Studying Abroad Options

The Center for Global Education at Chapman offers the possibility of studying abroad in Japan on several exchange programs for a semester or academic year.  Some programs offer a wide variety of courses taught in English focusing specifically on Japan and Asia as well as Japanese language courses ranging from beginning through advanced levels.  On other programs, students can take all of their courses in Japanese. Japanese family homestay participation is available and highly encouraged. Please note some of the applications for the Japan programs are accepted once per year during the fall semester for study abroad in the following fall or spring. Substantial merit scholarships are available to qualified students.  Students contemplating the Personalized Japanese Studies Minor and those actively pursuing it are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester in Japan.  Students who participate in the exchange programs in Japan can transfer their language course credits to Chapman University to assist the completion of their personalized Japanese studies minor. Visit the Center for Global Education for more information.

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