The Discipline

Although Japan’s economic successes are widely recognized, few people know much about the rich cultural heritage of Japan in literature, thought, painting, music, and the other arts. The study of Japanese language and literature will introduce you to many of the major aspects of that heritage while providing the kind of training in language and social skills that will prepare you to undertake careers in a wide variety of fields. The study of Japanese at the university level is aimed at providing you with advanced language skills and a sophisticated understanding of Japan and its people acquired through an examination of the literature and culture.