Japanese Program

Program Coordinator: Makiko Asano, masano@sfsu.edu
Majors Adviser: Masahiko Minami, mminami@sfsu.edu
Graduate Adviser and Minor Adviser: Midori McKeon, mmckeon@sfsu.edu

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The Japanese program offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese (major in Japanese), minor in Japanese and the Master of Arts in Japanese. The program is ranked No. 2 among the “Most Popular Schools for Japanese Language and Literature” in the entire nation according to a study by StateUniversity.com.

The undergraduate Japanese program focuses on developing proficiency in the language in a sociocultrual context by offering a variety of language training courses and by conducting courses in culture, linguistics and literature in Japanese. In addition to the required coursework, students choose electives from a broad range of subjects, which include various courses in literature and culture as well as in translation, interpretation and business Japanese.

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B.A. in Japanese

The Japanese major consists of 44 units of lower and upper division coursework. Up to 10 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the major.

M.A. in Japanese

The Master of Arts in Japanese offers two emphases: Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and Professional Applications of the Language. The curriculum for the teaching emphasis prepares students for a career teaching Japanese at the college level. The Professional Applications emphasis helps students acquire competency in their specific occupational goals in areas such as business, government, arts, interpretion, translation and other professional fields.

Minor in Japanese

The Japanese minor consists of 23 units of lower and upper division coursework. Up to 10 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the minor.

The Toshiko Mishima Memorial Scholarships

Three $600.00 scholarships (one for a lower-division undergraduate student, one for an upper-division undergraduate student, and one for a graduate student), open to  full-time SF State students who enroll in both fall and spring semesters to major in Japanese.

Hiring Japanese Graduate Teaching Associates

The Japanese Program has openings for graduate teaching associates for the fall and spring semesters. Current students in the Master of Arts Program in Japanese are encouraged to apply. 

External Resources (Japanese)

A number of links to learning resources, external websites, and reference tools for Japanese Program can be found below for students of Japanese language.

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