The Japanese major and minor at Pacific University offer students the opportunity to learn the language and culture of Japan while developing their awareness of the diversity of an increasingly interconnected world. Courses range from an introductory language class to modern Japanese literature.


  • Develop a high level of proficiency in listening to, speaking, reading and writing Japanese
  • Take courses in all levels of Japanese, as well as special topics courses, such as Business Japanese, Kanji, Anime/Manga, and travel courses to Japan
  • Spend at least one semester studying abroad at one of five universities in four cities: Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Saga
  • Practice language skills with a Japanese-speaking language assistant who lives on campus and hosts activities such as a weekly conversation table
  • Connect with Pacific’s several Japanese exchange students


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


Students who complete a Japanese major or minor at Pacific University have an enhanced global awareness and people skills that allow them to interact and thrive in a global community. Pacific University students have participated in Fulbright Scholarships for international study, as well as the Japan Exchange Teaching (J.E.T.) program, serving as assistants to English teachers or coordinators for international relations. Many graduates find jobs in international business.

World Languages & Literatures

The Chinese minor is part of the World Languages & Literatures Department, which also offers majors and minors in FrenchGerman and Spanish, as well as a major in modern languages and a minor in Chinese.