Japanese Language

TUJ’s Japanese Language major is a unique program designed to offer a comprehensive Japanese language curriculum in a JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) setting. It aims to achieve advanced and well-balanced proficiency in Japanese so that students will be well-equipped with linguistic skills and fully prepared to engage with the wider scholarship of Japanese studies. It is most suitable as part of a double major to complement one of TUJ’s well-established interdisciplinary studies such as Asian Studies, International Affairs, Communication Studies, International Business Studies, and so forth.

Note: Native speakers of Japanese are not permitted to pursue the Japanese major.

Ryoko Osada

Assistant Professor of Japanese

Interim Coordinator of the Japanese Language major and Critical Languages Program

Our program takes a functional approach to language learning. It lays a special emphasis on language acquisition and its mastery so that students establish a solid linguistic foundation through integral language courses coupled with skills-based courses. TUJ ensures an optimum language learning environment for students where they have the opportunity to pursue their studies alongside Japanese students on campus and in the local community.

At TUJ, students who take up Japanese language have a strong interest in international careers, in U.S.-Japan relations and in Japan’s relations with other countries. Many pursue career opportunities in the Japanese markets where Japanese language proficiency is an absolute must. To meet such students’ needs and demands, the Japanese Language major focuses on enabling students to become functional and competent in all four language skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening—in Japanese.

Student Voice

Valerie Holland

American

Graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina, USA

I first learned about TUJ when a recruiter came to my high school Japanese class. After I visited Japan on a two-week scholarship program, I realized Japan was where I wanted to be. TUJ became my answer to a dream. I love the fact the even though TUJ is in Japan, it is an American university. It has been a goal of mine to become an English/Japanese translator.

Knowing about many subjects will help me as a translator. I plan to become fluent in Japanese and learn many more subjects before I leave TUJ so that I can have a good chance of succeeding. TUJ has become a step to reach my dream career, and I am looking forward to my education here.

Sample Curriculum

  • Japanese Intermediate II
  • Japanese Advanced I
  • Japanese Advanced II
  • Japanese Advanced III
  • Japanese Advanced IV

Language Skills Electives

At least four of the following:

  • Kanji II
  • Intensive Oral Japanese: Oral Intensive II
  • Advanced Oral Japanese
  • Advanced Japanese Writing
  • Structure of Japanese Language I
  • Structure of Japanese Language II
  • Intermediate Writing in Japanese
  • Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting and Translation I
  • Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting and Translation II

Four Area Studies Electives

(including one writing-intensive course taught in English)