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Program requirements

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Chiyo Sanada

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Kathleen McKain, chair

Japanese Program (minor)

Department overviewJapanese (m.)

What is the Japanese Program?

The Japanese studies minor is intended to broaden a student's knowledge of Japan and the country's language and culture. It’s also fun to learn and use Japanese!

Why study Japanese at Saint Martin's?

This minor program is composed of Japanese language courses, as well as courses in intercultural communication, history, and international business and economics.

What's required?

  • 12 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • Six semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above in Japanese studies or selected from the following (must include one non-language course):
    • JPN 301 Advanced Japanese
    • JPN 302 Advanced Japanese, cont.
    • JPN 395 Special Topics
    • JPN 495 Special Topics
    • PLS 352 Government and Politics of Asia or three other course numbered 300 or above that related to Asian history and culture, subject to approval of the Department of World Languages

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of Japanese minor requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this minor?

A minor in Japanese studies is especially useful to business administration students interested in developing the communication skills needed for successful business transactions with Pacific Rim firms. Those with majors in other disciplines can also broaden their education and future potential through a linkage of courses within their major to Japanese language and other studies. In addition, the federal government is one of the largest employers of people with foreign language skills.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

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