Academic Advising Center

Japanese Studies


The Japanese Studies major focuses on student acquisition of the four skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in addition to the development of cultural awareness and competency. A unique aspect of the major is the study abroad requirement which enables students to develop advanced language skills while gaining firsthand expereince of Japanese culture and society.

General Interest Area:

Language, linguistics, history, geography, sociology, anthropology, and political science .

High School Background:

Japanese language, foreign languages, English, history, and geography.


Plan of Study:

Must complete Japanese language classes from the elementary level through the fourth year with a minimum B average, along with courses in Japanese culture, literature, history and more. A semester of intensive study at exchange institutions in Japan is required, which often necessitates an additional year for student to graduate.


How to get Involved:

Take basic Japanese language, literature, and/or culture courses; visit the Office of International Programs for Study Abroad information; join the Japanese Club (Fridays at 6p.m. in Gruening 609); and stay abreast of Japanese news and events.


Career and Graduate Possibilites:

Many graduates are accepted into the JET program to teach English in Japan. Other possibilities include language teaching at K-12 schools, interpreting/translating, government employment, interpreting/translating, international business and finance. The Alaskan tourism industry also provides a variety of opportunities for those with Japanese language skills . Pursuing additional study at the graduate-level would also open up various additional opportunties .

Related Websites:

UAF Foreign Languages Department
UAF Catalog Description
Japanese Studies degree worksheet (PDF)