Japanese : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The Japanese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich culture of Japan. The curriculum includes:
  • Courses designed to develop competence in written and spoken Japanese through the advanced level, utilizing an innovative team-teaching approach for the first three years as well as advanced-level independent study options for fourth-year Japanese
  • Courses on Japanese culture, linguistics (taught in English), and on the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language (taught in Japanese)

The Japanese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich culture of Japan. The curriculum includes: Courses designed to develop competence in written and spoken Japanese through the advanced level, utilizing an innovative team-teaching approach for the first three years as well as fourth-year advanced-level study including independent study options. Also, the program offers courses specifically designed to improve the target language proficiency in specialized areas such as science and technology, and business, and courses on Japanese culture, linguistics (taught in English), and on the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language (taught in Japanese).

Acceptance Information

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite and required courses.
Application should be made when the student has completed the prerequisite courses, or during the semester in which they will be completed.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Dr. Mitsuaki Shimojo's research centers on the function of syntax in discourse, with a focus on Japanese syntax.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Programs for study abroad are available. Study abroad is particularly encouraged for majors and minors. For more information, see Study Abroad Programs.

Serious students are strongly encouraged to take Japan-related courses across the university curriculum, and to study in Japan for a summer or a full academic year.

Of interest to students enrolled in Japanese language courses is the Asian Studies Program, which offers a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Asian studies. For information, contact Dr. Kristin Stapleton, Director, 714 Clemens Hall at (716) 645-3474 or kstaple@buffalo.edu.

Extracurricular Activities

Complementary Programs and Courses

Many students opt to combine a minor in Japanese with a major in Asian studies, business administration, engineering, geography, international studies, or other humanites and social sciences.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:34 EST