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Studying Japanese at Pacific means developing awareness...

of and sensitivity toward the cultural and linguistic diversity of an increasingly interconnected world. The program enhances global awareness and people skills, which allow students to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds with flexibility and open-mindedness.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in Japanese spend at least one semester studying abroad in Japan at one of four universities: Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata; Nagoya Gakuin University and Nanzan University in Nagoya; and Saga University in Saga City. As students are immersed in the culture and lifestyles of Japan, they hone their people skills and develop new cultural awareness and sensitivity. This immersion builds a strong foundation for future careers in international and multi-cultural organizations.

For instance, Pacific students have participated in programs that require a high level of command in Japanese, including the Fulbright scholarship for international study and the Japan Exchange Teaching Program (J.E.T. Program) where students serve as assistants to an English teacher or coordinator for international relations.

On-Campus Exposure

In addition to study abroad, there are also opportunities for students to practice their language and comprehension skills on campus. Every year, Pacific hosts a native Japanese-speaking person who lives in one of the on-campus residences. This person acts as a Japanese language assistant and hosts a variety of activities on campus, including the weekly lunchtime Japanese conversation table and the Japanese Night. Pacific is also home to many Japanese exchange students each year, which presents students with an opportunity to connect with the Japanese people, language and culture without ever leaving campus.

 

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Course Highlights

The Japanese program covers a wide range of language development. From basic introduction to advanced contemporary literature, there is something for every level of Japanese language learning. This allows students to become fluent in the language without any previous knowledge.

  • Majors are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad in Japan at one of the four universities offered
  • All courses in the department are open to non-majors
  • The department aims for students to have a high level of proficiency in listening to, speaking, reading and writing Japanese
  • The curriculum is designed to ensure mastery of Japanese through intensive conversational training

After Graduation

  • Students studying Japanese can participate in the J.E.T. Program, where they will act as a teacher's assistant or coordinator for international relations
  • The department offers an exchange program for a foreign language assistant with Hiroshima Jogakuin University
  • Many graduate students with Japanese major find jobs in international business
  • Japanese language and culture skills are being appreciated in many careers and attract culturally diverse clients