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Japan has become one of the most important countries for the U.S. in trade, economic policy, security, and cultural exchange. As the Bay Area is integrated into the economy and culture of the Pacific Rim, it becomes ever more desirable for Americans involved in business, scientific, and artistic activities to become familiar with Japanese language, customs and culture. The Japanese Studies program at the University of San Francisco (USF) provides an exceptional environment to develop such expertise in a city alive with opportunities to apply what you have learned.
The four-year Japanese Studies program at USF offers Japanese language, culture, literature, linguistics, art, religion, history, and business courses. Our language classes are small, allowing for personal interaction and communicative practice, and are enhanced by native-speaking tutors. Japanese language courses are the gateway to a range of unique cultural adventures available only at USF, such as calligraphy and Zen philosophy, popular culture, anime films, sushi making, and much more.
Another major attraction of the Japanese Studies curriculum is Robo-Sensei, an award-winning artificial intelligence program that allows you to practice producing Japanese sentences and to receive immediate feedback on your progress while viewing beautiful and informative photographs about travel in Japan. Robo-Sensei is also an excellent tool for brushing up your grammar later when you visit Japan ---it's like having a teacher to consult whenever you need one!
The Japanese Studies Major, Minor, and Certificate are designed to develop Japanese language skills and cultural awareness. Students are trained to become leaders in a multicultural world. They can pursue the Japanese Major, Minor, or Certificate concurrently with a major in business, pre-law, education, or other professional area. Knowledge of Japanese has proven to be a valuable asset to job-seekers in business, teaching, and government. This trend will continue into the next century as the U.S. and Japan become progressively more dependent upon one another.
USF supports exchange programs at Sophia University (Jesuit institution) in Tokyo and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, which are also two of the premier centers of higher learning in Japan.
(c) Noriko Nagata -- Picture 1: Mt.
Fuji, Japan; Picture 2: Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima
Island, Japan; Picture 3: Horyuji Temple, Goju-no-to (Pagoda c. 711, the oldest pagoda in Japan), Nara, Japan; Picture 4: Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan
- Noriko Nagata, Professor
- Steve Roddy,
- Kyoko Suda , Assistant Professor
- Nobuko Takamatsu, Adjunct Professor
- Yumi Moriguchi,
- Yoko Otomi,
Noriko Nagata, Ph.D.
Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
Japanese Studies Program
Kalmanovitz Hall 382
University of San
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117