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The Japanese major at the University of Mount Union provides an attractive curriculum in and beyond the classroom. A strong in-class curriculum and experiential learning, including study abroad and internships, will prepare students for work in the real world. Students have the opportunity to explore careers and professions for teaching, business, international affairs, and science.

Japanese Major Quick Facts 

  • The major in Japanese consists of 30 or 32 semester hours of study in the target language, depending on the student’s point of entry into the program.
  • Japanese majors must complete a minimum of 5 semester hours in a department-approved study abroad program in Japan as part of the total hours for the major.
  • Teaching Assistant from Japan assists with conversation classes and cultural events.
  • Awards are available through the Freeman Asia and Bridging Scholarship programs.
  • Ohio Teacher Licensure in Japanese is available to students who want to teach at the K-12 level.
  • Alpha Mu Gamma is a national foreign language honorary. Exceptional world language students are invited to join by the Department.
  • Japanese Club is a student-led organization that seeks to bring Japanese culture to its members and the Mount Union community through club events, service projects, and socializing.
  • Study Abroad Club is a student-led organization that promotes international education.
  • Many graduates go on to teach in the  JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program.

Curriculum

As a Japanese major, you will study the speaking, listening, and writing skills of the language, as well as gain a comprehensive understanding of Japanese culture and literature. You will also explore careers and professions available to students pursing a Japanese degree, and will spend a period of time living and learning in Japan, experiencing the culture first hand.

The Japanese major at the University of Mount Union focuses on several different aspects of Japanese culture. Japanese majors will gain speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the Japanese language. The living patterns, social structure, and value systems of Japanese culture will be discussed along with Japanese literature. Students will be able to understand the cultures and civilizations of Japanese speaking people along with an understanding of the careers and professions available to Japanese majors. Lastly, students will spend a period of time living and learning in Japan, experiencing the culture first hand. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Students will 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.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of 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.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers.

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