The Japanese language program introduces students to a totally different way of thinking from that to which speakers of English and European languages are accustomed.

Collaborative classroom activities assist with the acquisition of the Japanese writing system, verbal and non-verbal communication, and Japanese culture. The understanding of a language and culture outside of the European sphere will benefit the student who wishes to think globally. Proficiency in Japanese language and knowledge of the culture will be a strong asset for people in the 21st century.

Students may elect to minor in Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary program anchored in the history department or to major in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Japanese in either the Asian Studies or Humanities track.

Upper-division courses will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English. With the prior permission of their directors, Japanese 294, 394 and 499 may be counted toward the requirements of both programs.

Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of our semester or year-long program in Tokyo, Japan and/or Japanese Culture and Conversation summer or intersession course in Tokyo. Information is available at the International Center, Serra Hall, Room 315. The Japanese program also has a relationship with the San Diego/Yokohama Sister City League, which provides opportunities to meet visiting students, visit Yokohama and apply for summer internships.

Japanese Program Details

The typical student begins in Japanese 101 (first semester course) and progresses to Japanese 201 to complete the Core Curriculum requirement. Enrollment in 101 requires the permission of the Director of Placement.

Anyone who earned a score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Subsidiary Level Japanese exam is awarded credit for 201 upon admission to USD.

Note: Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Japanese class at USD or elsewhere.

Japanese Minor Program

While we do not offer a minor, students with an interest in Japanese may elect a minor in Asian Studies. Option 1 of the program requires completion of Japanese 202 (the fourth semester class).

International Baccalaureate students who received a score of 5 on the High Level Japanese exam are awarded credit for 201 and 202 upon admission to USD.