Why Study Japanese?
Japan is a country located in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean.The island of Japan is a little smaller than the state of California, but astonishingly holds a population of approximately 128 million. Japanese language consists of a complex system of casual, distal, and honorific styles reflecting the hierarchical nature of Japanese society, and the writing system employs three distinct styles: hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Chinese characters). At times, learning the Japanese language may be challenging, but students will be fascinated by the unique heritage and traditions of the Japanese culture and language.
At Baylor University, the Japanese program welcomes students with various goals and interests. Our program aims to offer a strong language foundation that will open up opportunities for students to seek employment with Japanese companies upon graduation. We also provide the language instruction for those who are interested in exploring modern Japanese popular culture through literature, anime, and games. Therefore, our courses aim to provide students go beyond basic language instruction to include exposure to Japanese culture in a variety of forms and contexts.
Students interested in concentrating on Japanese language and culture may take up to 26 credit hours of Japanese language courses by electing a major or minor in Asian Studies. Students will learn to read, speak, and write Japanese, including hiragana, katakana, and a few hundred kanji characters. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters in exchange programs at one of two Japanese Universities during their undergraduate studies. Some of our graduates have acquired teaching positions in various language schools in Japan, and others have participated in the Japanese government-sponsored JET program.
Current Students say:
Deciding to take Japanese at Baylor has honestly been one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only has it exposed me to a fascinating new culture and language, but the friends I've made in class, in the Japanese Student Association, and during the Baylor in Japan Study Abroad program, will last a lifetime. Both of the senseis (professors) are wonderfully devoted and genuinely interested in your learning; you really can't go wrong with choosing Japanese. -- Russell Donevant, Junior, Neuroscience major and Japanese minor --
When I first entered the Japanese program at Baylor, I was hoping to complete the required credits and move on with my degree. Now that I have completed two years of Japanese and have been a part of Baylor in Japan, I have fallen in love with the language and culture. I even hope to one day find a career that utilizes my Japanese language knowlerdge. I definitely recommend studying Japanese to anyone interested. -- Brett Ritter, Senior, Mechanical Engineering major, Math minor, and Japanese minor --