Japanese Program

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


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.


Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

Related Resources

B.A. in Japanese

The Japanese major consists of 45 units of lower and upper division coursework.

Minor in Japanese

The Japanese minor consists of 24 units of lower and upper division coursework.

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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