Languages and Cultures

Japanese Program


Reasons to study Japanese language and culture at CSB and SJU:

  • To become uniquely multi-lingual, standing out in the crowd.
  • To be able to engage in a big economy blended with high-tech and rich traditions.
  • To study the Japanese experience of modernity as a non-Western nation.
  • To know Japanese culture-anime, novels, art, films, fashion, J-pop, or Kabuki.
  • To learn about Japan’s interactions with other Asian areas/countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
  • To have abundant opportunities to visit Japan and make Japanese friends on campuses.

Study Abroad:

Our study abroad program in Japan in the fall semester is hosted by Bunkyo Gakuin University, our over twenty-five-year-long collaborative partner. Bunkyo is located in central Tokyo, with a dorm adjacent to the campus for CSB and SJU students along with other international students. During the stay you will enjoy field trips to Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Karuizawa.

Our three-week-long May-term Study Tour to Japan is also hosted by Bunkyo, coupled with field trips to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Takayama.

Japanese National Honor Society

Two CSB+SJU graduates have been inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS-CC)

Rebecca Kong and Jeremy Jahn share their learning experience in the Japanese program.

The Japanese minor will be gradually discontinued beginning Fall 2023. Students who were enrolled at CSB and SJU prior to Fall 2023 will be able to continue in the minor and all appropriate opportunities will be available to them through Spring 2026. All students can continue to take courses in the Japanese language sequence (111, 112 and 211).
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Ana Conboy
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
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Jennifer Schwichtenberg
Department Coordinator
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SJU Quad 253A