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Why study Japanese at UMSL?

The long-term goal of the Japanese Language Program at UMSL is to produce learners of Japanese who possess the linguistic, communicative, and cultural competence to express themselves in a culturally coherent and appropriate manner when interacting with native speakers of Japanese.  In the beginning levels, the focus of instruction is on oral interaction.  This solid foundation in speaking and listening supports the subsequent development of competency in the Japanese reading and writing system.   

Students who choose UMSL will benefit from faculty who are dedicated to creating a challenging and supportive learning environment.  They will engage with the language and culture in the classroom, out of the classroom through on-campus events and Japan-America Student Association involvement, and in a variety of study abroad opportunities.  They will join a vibrant community of learners who share a passion for language study!

Why should you major or minor in Japanese? 

Learning Japanese...creates more opportunities in the job market.  Japan is one of the U.S's top trading partners and the U.S.-Japan economic relationship is one of the most significant in the world.  Japan is the second largest source of foreign direct investment into the United States and the U.S. State Department has designated Japanese a "critical language".  Candidates with Japanese proficiency are more attractive to both Japanese companies and to the many companies that do business in and with Japan.

Learning Japanese...allows you direct access to Japan's cultural products.  Anime, manga, and J-Pop are popular worldwide, but only a small fraction of Japanese media is ever translated into English.  Knowledge of Japanese will empower you to dive deeper into Japan's rich cultural heritage, which spans from "The Tale of Genji" to "Attack on Titan" and beyond.

Learning Japanese...develops critical competencies that will benefit you throughout your life.  Choosing to study Japanese shows that you are not afraid of a challenge; achieving proficiency in it is proof of your discipline, tenacity, and adaptability.  

For even more reasons, visit The Japan Foundation.

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