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Students in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) study languages other than English, as well as the cultures where these languages are spoken. The study of Japanese allows for direct access to people and cultures other than one’s own and helps develop international understanding and sensitivity.
We live in a complex world where global awareness, cultural understanding, and intercultural communication are vital aspects of business, government, and education, indeed of all human interaction. This field of study provides the training necessary to flourish in this competitive environment.
- Strengths of the program
- Japanese is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.
- Study abroad for a summer or semester in Japan. Study abroad provides a wide range of opportunities for adventuring, learning, and engaging with the Japanese language and culture. Students can earn course credit while studying abroad in Japan. Visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs for more information.
- The school's Language Learning Resource Center provides the latest in language learning technology, such as access to almost 40 computers, two HD TVs with VCR and Blu-Ray DVD players and the abilityto check out other equipment. The Language Learning Resource Center also has a fully trained staff on hand to provide assistance.
- Requirements and core courses
To attain a bachelor of arts in foreign languages and cultures with a major in Japanese, students must complete 34 total credits of Japanese courses and complete the exit proficiency exam at the end of the academic term they finish their last course for their major.
Japanese major students must complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.
If students have studied a foreign language before attending WSU, they may be eligible for up to eight advanced placement credits at no extra charge if they take a language course higher than 101 and attain a B or better in that course. Contact SLCR for details.
All students in the Japanese language major take courses in these core areas:
- 3 credits of a comparative foreign language course
- 13 credits of Core Language courses
- 3 credits of lower-division film/culture/literature courses
- 9 credits of upper-division culture courses
- 6 credits of Area Studies courses.
Talk with your academic advisor to plan your schedule of courses.
The Japanese teaching major has the same course options as the Japanese major. However, in addition to those courses, students in the Japanese teaching major must complete:
- ForLang 440/540: Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
- ForLang and ForLang 441/541: Instructional Technology in Language Learning.
Students in the Japanese teaching major must also complete the Washington state K-12 teaching certificate requirements.
Japanese for the professions supplemental major
Students who are already certified in a major may choose a supplemental major in Japanese for the professions. This major doesn’t lead to a degree, and it is offered only as a second major.
The Japanese for the professions program requires 37 credits of Japanese culture/language courses. During the last course for the major, which is taught in Japanese, the student must complete STAMP 4S (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency). STAMP 4S is a web-based assessment of foreign language proficiency, which includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Students must pass with C or above to receive credit for the major. No course taken pass/fail may be used as credit for the major. Consult with your advisor to schedule your courses.
Minor in Japanese
To fulfill requirements for a minor in Japanese, students must complete a minimum of 176 credits.
Students must complete JAPN 203 (4 credits) and JAPN 204 (4 credits) as foundation courses. Nine credits must be in 300-level courses (choose three: JAPN 306, 307, 308, or 361). The nine credits must be taken in residency at WSU or during a study abroad exchange.
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
For all students
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For students in foreign languages
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Visit the school's scholarship page for more information.Students in the major may apply for University-level scholarships and more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visit the CAS website for more scholarship information.
- Careers in foreign languages
With a degree in foreign languages and cultures, you can advance your career in:
- Public relations, marketing, and advertising
- International business, banking, and finance
- Travel, tourism, and hospitality
- Health and social services
- Science, engineering, and technology
- Music, film, drama, entertainment, photography
- Journalism, publishing, and editing
- Translation and interpretation in healthcare and legal professions
- Education/teaching in middle school, high school, and college
- Customer service and personnel management
- Customs and immigration
- Law enforcement
- Intelligence (CIA, FBI, National Security)
- Peace Corps and aid agencies
Skills you can market with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Cross-cultural communication
- Awareness of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural issues
- Global experience
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds
- Enhanced speaking and writing abilities
- Enhanced reading and listening comprehension skills
- Independent, critical, and creative thinking with increased analytical and problem-solving skills