As the world’s third-largest economy, Japan plays a prominent role in U.S. trade, economic policy, and cultural exchange. It’s an alliance that’s generating career opportunities abroad, but to succeed, it takes a commitment to master the language and embrace the customs.
The Japanese Studies program offers a diverse curriculum, with a rich range of classes covering Japanese language, culture, literature, linguistics, history, religion, and business. The four-year Japanese language curriculum is designed to develop your Japanese language proficiency from the Novice to Intermediate and Advanced level (based on the ACTFL standards). Language classes are small, and instructors pay attention to individual students’ progress. Classes are also enhanced by native-speaking tutors. Upper-division language courses are content-based, and they explore the diverse regions of Japan, in light of their distinctive histories and cultures. They are also complemented by Robo-Sensei, an award-winning artificial intelligence program that allows students to practice their language skills and receive immediate feedback. We also actively support exchange programs at Sophia University in Tokyo and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, two of the premier universities in Japan. Together with the rich Japanese cultural assets of the San Francisco area, the program’s unique educational resources equip graduates with the communication skills and real-world experience necessary for successful careers in one of the world’s largest economies.