“The coolest thing for me while studying Japanese was realizing there’s a lot more out there – there’s countless languages, countless cultures, and this is just a fraction of what’s available.”

—Sam Burke, Student, German Language and Literature major


Japanese Studies

The minor in Japanese enables students to encounter new worlds of cultural expression, experiences and knowledge. Language study is fundamental to this process. Students studying Japanese will acquire a broad knowledge of Japanese society and culture and the Japanese language through interactive classroom experiences.

Type of Program: Minor (24 credit hours)

College: Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • FLJA 101: Beginning Japanese I (3)
  • FLJA 102: Beginning Japanese II (3)
  • FLJA 201: Intermediate Japanese I (3)
  • FLJA 202: Intermediate Japanese II (3)
  • FLJA 311: Advanced Japanese Conversation (3)
  • FLJA 361: Introduction to Japanese Culture (3)

Sample of electives:

  • FLJA 301: Advanced Japanese
  • Grammar and Composition (3)
  • FLJA 381: Introduction to Japanese
  • Language and Business Practices (3)
  • HIST 346: Women in Asian History (3)
  • HIST 352: Popular Culture in Japan (3)
  • HIST 470: America and Asia (3)
  • POLS 372: Politics of China, Japan, and Korea (3)

The Language and Learning Center located in Room 101 of Watson Hall provides students with a state-of-the-art facility that provides students with resources such as an audio/video computer lab, a conference room, a theater, as well as an educated staff experienced in a wide-array of foreign languages.

Dr. John Bentley, Assistant Chair
Foreign Language and Literature
(815) 753-6451

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