Undergraduate Program


Japanese is spoken by more than 125 million people. While most of these speakers reside in Japan, it is also spoken by sizeable Japanese emigrant populations in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Australia, Canada and the United States.

The department offers a wide range of Japanese courses, for both beginner and advanced Japanese speakers and for students who are interested in Japanese culture, media and history.

Japanese also makes a great double major. Combinations have included:

Below is information on:

Japanese Major Requirements

Complete list of Japanese courses >

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Japanese Minor Requirements (Class of 2017)

Japanese Minor Requirements (Class of 2018 and Later)

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Japanese Clusters

The department offers six Japanese clusters, all in the humanities academic division.

Japanese Language (H1JPN008)
Students may choose the appropriate level of Japanese language as a cluster. Any three consecutive courses in the language sequence can be chosen.

Japanese Language and Culture (H1JPN005)
This cluster introduces students to basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as the cultural context for Japanese.

Japanese Popular Culture (H1JPN010)
Explore the domestic and international dimensions of Japan's acclaimed manga, anime, film, art, literature, and music.

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Studying Abroad in Japan

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Japan, if possible. The Center for Study Abroad has programs in major Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Nagoya. Generally speaking, coursework undertaken abroad will count toward a major or minor in Japanese. For more information on studying abroad in Japan, visit the study abroad site or speak to a study abroad advisor.

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Language Placement Information

Advanced Placement (AP) scores or International Baccalaureate (IB) rankings assist departmental advisors in finding the right course level for you. Information on how you learned the language or languages you know will also help us advise you on the most appropriate courses for you.

All freshmen who wish to sign up for any Japanese class should attend the MLC Open House, where those who are interested in taking JPN 101 will receive the permission code from Fumino Shino.

Those students who are hoping to place out of JPN 101 should take the placement test, which will be administered by Professor Mariko Tamate on Friday, August 26, 2016, from 10 am to 1 pm in Lattimore 413. The test takes approximately one hour, so please do not arrive later than 12 pm. For more information, please email Mariko Tamate at mariko.tamate@rochester.edu.

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Contact Information

For more information about Japanese language, literature, and culture courses, or about becoming a Japanese Major or Minor, contact: Professor Joanne Bernardi at joanne.bernardi@rochester.edu or Professor David Holloway at david.holloway@rochester.edu.


Joanne Bernardi, Associate Professor of Japanese and Film and Media Studies, and Head of the Japanese Program

Shizuka Hardy, Senior Lecturer in Japanese

David Holloway, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

Fumino Shino, Senior Lecturer in Japanese

Yasuko Spence, Adjunct Instructor in Japanese

Mariko Tamate, Senior Lecturer in Japanese

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