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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.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
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.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in foreign languages
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad.
- 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