The best way to understand a culture directly is through its language. Studying Japanese opens the door to learning firsthand about Japanese society through language, literature, culture, and civilization.

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. Analytical instruction of language is taught through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of linguistics courses. Literary analysis is an essential component to the curriculum, and the department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory. 

Examples of coursework include:

  • EAST 369 - Japanese Literature in Translation
  • HIST 485 - Japanese Military History: Samurai Fact and Fiction
  • JAPN 330 - Japanese Culture Through Film

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Modern and Classical Languages Department are encouraged to study abroad in direct or exchange programs. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • AtoZ Corporation: Nagano, Japan
  • Avalon English Academy: Seoul, Korea
  • KCP International Japanese Language School: Tokyo, Japan

Sample Careers

  • Interpreter
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Educator
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Travel Writer
  • Communication Specialist

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Japanese, BA

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