The 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.

The Japanese minor requires students to complete 18 hours (up to 26 hours) of study within the field including 9 hours of upper-level courses. The minor goes beyond basic language instruction to include exposure to Japanese culture in a variety of forms and context.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for one of 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.

Courses a student might take include Introductory Japanese, Japanese Civilization or Intermediate Japanese for Business.

For more information, contact Dr. Yuko Prefume at Yuko_Prefume@baylor.edu