At a Glance

Japanese has become one of the most widely taught foreign languages in the United States, reflecting its importance in politics, business, education, and technology. Guided by dedicated professors and native-speaking Target Language Experts, Carthage students go beyond reading, writing, and speaking Japanese to understand the nation’s history and culture. All majors study abroad in Japan for at least six months.

Major

  • Japanese

Minor

  • Japanese

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Are you interested in speaking a language that is very different from your own? Do you want to add an important language skill to your resume? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then the Japanese program at Carthage is for you.

The core of the Carthage Japanese program is the four-year language curriculum. The goal of the Japanese program is to help students develop proficiency in Japanese in a socio-cultural context. Students not only gain fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese, but they also acquire a deep understanding of Japanese people and culture. The program offers courses in:

  • Japanese history
  • Japanese film
  • Japanese politics
  • Asian religion
  • Japanese culture through language
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Retroactive credits

If you test into a course and then earn a “C” or better, you can earn up to 12 free retroactive credits.

Beyond the classroom

Students learning how to wear Japanese Yukata (for females) and jinbee (for males). Carthage’s Annual Japanese Speech & Performance Contest

Showcase your oral and expressive skills in Japanese while presenting formal speeches and performing Japanese songs, skits, dances, and martial arts.

Japanese Lunch Table

During the weekly Japanese Lunch Table, chat in Japanese with one another, professors, Target Language Experts, and exchange students from Japan.

Japanese Club

Japanese Club is a student-run organization that hosts meetings and events where you can expand your knowledge of Japan and its culture outside of class.

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After Carthage

Graduates could teach Japanese in elementary schools, or work as interpreters at government institutions, companies, and hospitals. Recent alumni hold jobs such as: Senior consultant in the software industry in Tokyo; English teaching assistant under JET program in Saitama-ken; or Japan English lecturer at NOVA Holdings Co. Ltd. in Tokyo.

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