Majors and Minors Offered
Carthage awards two Japanese language scholarships, each covering $25,000, each year.
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.
Japanese has become one of the most widely taught foreign languages in the United States. It has critical importance in a wide range of professions and interests, including politics, business, education, and technology.
The Japanese Program
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
If you test into a course and then earn a “C” or better, you can earn up to 12 free retroactive credits.
Exercise your passport
Japanese majors are required to study in Japan for a minimum of six months. Tokyo Gakugei University is Carthage’s official exchange program in Japan.
Travel to Japan on a month-long study tour led by professors from various departments who specialize in Japanese society. The study tours provide students opportunities to have direct contact with Japanese people and culture. Learn more about short-term study abroad
Beyond the classroom
Carthage’s annual Japanese speech and 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 is a student-run organization that hosts meetings and events where you can expand your knowledge of Japan and its culture outside of class. Learn more about student organizations
Popular minors and second majors
- Asian Studies
- Graphic Design
- International Political Economy
- Political Science
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.