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Japanese Studies Minor

  • A minor in Japanese Studies will open doors to the many marvels of a fascinating language and culture. The language skills and cultural understanding acquired through a minor in Japanese Studies can benefit students interested in a broad range of subjects and professions — from journalism, media management, law, business, and government to history, the arts, and education.

    The minor in Japanese Studies provides a firm grounding in Japanese language and also an in-depth study of Japanese culture through courses in a wide range of fields. Course areas include literature, film and media, popular culture, history, and politics. The knowledge and skills gained from this minor can complement any program of study, deepening students' global competencies and cross-cultural perspectives and their awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Effective spoken and listening communicative skills in Japanese at the intermediate level or above in the Interpersonal, Interpretative, and Presentational modes
    • Intermediate-level or greater proficiency in reading and writing hiragana, katakana, and at least 220 kanji  
    • A basic understanding of premodern and modern Japanese culture, civilization, politics, literature, history, and society
    • Knowledge of similarities and differences between students' own culture and cultures of the Japanese-speaking world


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Requirements* NJPN 2101 Japanese Intermediate 1
    NJPN 2102 Japanese Intermediate 2
    NJPN 2731 Conversational Japanese
    NJPN 3101 Japanese Advanced 1
    NJPN 3101 Japanese Advanced 2
    NJPN 4718 Selected Topics in Japanese
    12 credits
    Additional Courses NJPN 1101 Japanese Introductory 1 or 
    NJPN 1003 Japanese Intensive 1
    NJPN 1102 Japanese Introductory 2 or 
    NJPN 1004 Japanese Intensive 2
    6 credits

    *Requirements are in effect as of the fall 2016 semester.

    18 credits are needed for the minor, and at least 12 credits of the 18 must be earned by taking courses in the NJPN or NFLN subject codes at the 2000 level or higher.

    Students who participate in a study abroad program with partner institutions may apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in Japanese Studies.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Marie-Christine Massé, coordinator of Japanese Studies, at or 212.229.5676.