The Japanese program at NIU offers a minor in Japanese (21 credit hours). Students are exposed to spoken and written Japanese and are prepared to study abroad in Japan, if they so desire. Instruction at NIU is proficiency-based, which helps students learn the language in a variety of actual situations with authentic materials. Students also study Japanese culture and have an opportunity to take more advanced classes in reading and composition, Japanese literature, as well as Japanese history, art history, and political science. NIU is lucky to have the Foreign Language Residence Program, where students can experience immersion in Japanese daily. Those involved in this program have a Japanese native speaker as their neighbor. Students who have minored in Japanese at NIU have gone on to law school, out into the business world, joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), or have been hired by Japanese companies.