Minor in Japanese

Why Study Japanese?

Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world, and has strong business and political ties to the U.S. Leading Japanese companies are among the largest, most well-known and efficiently run firms in the world. Familiar names such as Sony, Toshiba, Canon, Toyota, Mitsubishi, among many others, have been penetrated international markets in a variety of sectors. The strength of the Japanese economy is rooted in its creativity, craftsmanship, technological progress and scientific know-how to succeed not only economically but also in ecologically-efficient ways.

Row of Lanterns in Japan


Coordinator: Professor Amaya



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Makiko Amaya

From anime to sushi, karaoke to manga, bonsai to origami, Japanese culture has become part of the global culture. Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture gives you direct access to Japanese movies, animation, video games, and comic books, and helps you understand the Japanese mindset and gives you a deeper appreciation of its arts, values, literature, history, and music.

Being able to communicate in Japanese unlocks a key to thrive in the business world, and gives you a profound insider view into the Japanese culture.  The Minor in Japanese and the Certificate in Japanese Language and Culture provide the student a broad knowledge about Japan through its diverse courses and study abroad opportunities, and prepares the student for a career in international business or in a variety of fields that require translating and interpreting skills

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