Through our Japanese language program, we aim for the simultaneous development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. From the start, students will learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji. In the classroom, we focus on enhancing students' oral proficiency through an extensive use of the spoken language, allowing for the development of accurate grammar and culturally-appropriate communication skills.
For students who have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency (three semesters or more), the Japanese minor can provide a more rigorous study of Japanese language, literature, and culture, positioned in a larger Asian picture. For more information click here: Japanese Minor.
We are currently using the textbook, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki I & II.
Our literature and culture courses (JAPN 320, 321, and 330) provide students with the opportunity to surpass familiar cultural spheres and to engage intellectually in complicated issues related to Japan, Asia, and the global community. In the process of learning, students will become interlocutors, translators, and critics of the diverse cultures that they are exploring.
Reasons to study Japanese language and culture at CSB/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.