Japanese Minor

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.

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a Japanese minor (20 credits). 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.

This includes the following classes:

Total: 20 credits

Note: Some of the study abroad courses taken at the Bunkyo Gakuin University can count towards the minor. For questions on credit transfer, please contact Jeff DuBois.

Courses in the JAPN 321 category (Topics in Japanese Literature):
Courses in the JAPN 330 category (Topics in Japanese Culture):
Advanced language study beyond JAPN 312: 
Asian Studies Program courses that can count toward the Japanese minor:
Courses taught abroad in English:

Japanese Major

While a Japanese major is not officially part of the curriculum, students who pursue advanced study of the language beyond the 3-year sequence (beyond JAPN 312) and take additional literature/culture classes may discuss creating an Individualized Major in Japanese (40 credits) with the Japanese program head.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Jeff DuBois
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
CSB Richarda P32

Jennifer Schwichtenberg
Department Coordinator
CSB Richarda P38
SJU Quad 253A