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Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Degree 

Outshine the competition with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Japanese at the University of Mount Union. Worldwide businesses are growing every day, and our program will provide you with the tools you need to establish yourself as a global leader. Combining the Japanese language with majors in other areas will show future employers you are an accomplished and influential leader poised to act. 

About the Program

Add a global edge to any degree with a major or minor in Japanese. In this program, you will learn about the language, cultculture histories of Japan, which is paramount for a successful career. Through a strong in-class curriculum and opportunities for real-world experiential learning, the Japanese major prepares you for careers and professions in teaching, business, international affairs and science. 

Japanese Quick Facts

  • 30-32 credit hours within the Japanese program 
  • 32 credit hours in the well-rounded Integrative Core 
  • Study Abroad in Japan as part of your major study 
  • Double major or minor in other areas of interest 
  • Scholarship Opportunities available through the Freeman Asia and Bridging Scholarship programs 
  • Teach Japanese at the K-12 level with the Ohio Teacher Licensure 

Learn more about the Degree in Japanese

Position yourself for a global career with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese at the University of Mount Union. With a rich curriculum that complements a wide variety of other areas and teaching assistants and professors from the native countries, our programs are perfect to bring first-hand experience and knowledge directly to you. 

  • Curriculum

    Japanese Curriculum

    Our Japanese program focuses on several different aspects of Japanese culture, giving you the opportunity to learn through speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the language. You’ll also learn about social aspects of Japanese culture, including living patterns, social structure and value systems. You will also get to directly use this curriculum during your time spent living and learning in Japan through our study abroad program.  

    Review the Undergraduate Catalog to learn more. 

  • Learning Objectives

    Our degree in Japanese prepares you to:

    • Demonstrate the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to function in an environment where Japanese is used exclusively. Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Japanese at the ACTFL Intermediate-High Level. Additionally, Japanese majors will demonstrate the ability to read written passages and write compositions using Kanji Characters. 
    • Learn the cultures and civilizations of the principal groups of people who speak Japanese, from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, geographical, sociopolitical, literary, and artistic. 
    • Grow awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers. 
  • Experiential Learning

    International Experiences

    International opportunities are unlike any other experience a student has had.  Through hands-on and engaging service-learning trips, international internships, and study abroad, you can immerse yourself in the language and culture of different countries. These impactful opportunities help you distinguish yourself as an accomplished and impressive leader after graduation. 

  • Careers

    Careers in Japanese

    Japanese is spoken by more than 115 million people worldwide. In our global society, investment by Japanese companies in the United States continues to grow, and global demand for speakers of Japanese is increasing. In Ohio alone, more than 200 Japanese companies operate branch offices. Whether your interests lie in business, education, technology, or translation, our Japanese degree program will prepare you for career success. 

    Not only will our Japanese major prepare you to speak, write, read, and listen to the language, but you also will be versed in the culture, daily living patterns, social structure, and value system of Japan. Whether entering the workforce or pursuing graduate studies, a major in Japanese at the University of Mount Union can certainly give you an edge in numerous career fields. 

    Common Careers

    Teaching English and/or Japanese Domestically 
    Teaching English Abroad 
    Public relations 

    Recent Employers

    U.S. Department of State 
    Kojima Productions 
    Graphic Enterprise 
    Eastern Illinois University 
    University of Northern Arizona 
    American Riken 
    JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program 
    Toyota Tsusho, America, INC 
    Nippon Rika, America, INC. 
    BPT Bucyrus Precision Tech (Ohio) 
    Miyazu City Hall in Kyoto, Japan 
    AEON English Language School 
    Yomiuri Newspaper 
    Togo Investment Company in Tokyo, Japan 


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