Welcome to the Japanese Program at UAF!
We offer beginning through advanced Japanese language courses as well as Japanese literature and culture courses in translation. 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 experience of Japanese culture and society. We strongly encourage majors to spend a full year abroad. A minor in Japanese Studies is also available.

  Japanese Faculty

David Henry, Ph.D.
Chisato Murakami
Rumi Robinson


New to UAF?

If you are new to the UAF Japanese program and wish to take a Japanese language course other than JPN 101, you need to successfully pass the Brigham Young University Japanese placement test. Depending on your score, you may be able to test out of JPN 101 and or JPN 102. You can also receive official UAF credits for testing out of those courses. The BYU Japanese language test is offered through UAF Testing Services. Please be advised that the test must be ordered in advance and will be mailed out to be scored offsite. This process can take more than two months, so please plan accordingly. The test results must be received by faculty prior to the start of the semester in order to place into a class.

For details, questions, or to schedule the placement test, please contact UAF Testing Services directly.