Japanese

What is Japanese?

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.

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Japanese Degrees

Japanese, BA

Contact

Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley, World Languages - Education Advisor
bernars3@wwu.edu | 360-650-4852

Japanese with a Teaching Endorsement, BA

Contact

Shannon Dubenion-Smith, World Language Endorsement Advisor
dubenis@wwu.edu | 360-650-3918

Japanese at Western

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. 

Studying Japanese opens the door to learning firsthand about Japanese society through language, literature, culture, and civilization. Studying Japanese with a Teaching Endorsement imparts skills to future foreign language teachers so that they may similarly enable high school students to begin the acquisition of foreign languages.

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. 

The BA in Japanese leads to a BA degree without teacher certification. In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the professional teacher certification program. Please see the Department of Secondary Education for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the teacher certification program offered by the Department of Secondary Education.

Explore courses

JAPN 403 – Topics in Japanese Thought

EAST 369 - Japanese Literature in Translation

HIST 485 - Japanese Military History: Samurai Fact and Fiction

JAPN 330 - Japanese Culture Through Film

Hands-on-Experience and Internships

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

What can you do with Japanese?

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

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

Japanese careers

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

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