Japanese StudiesBachelor of Arts

Why study Japanese Studies at Gustavus?

A degree in Japanese Studies will open career advancement opportunities with and related to a global economic power. At Gustavus, your Japanese Studies education will also extend far beyond language skills as you will take courses on literature and art, history, politics, and religion. Japanese Studies majors also study in Japan for at least one semester.

Course Examples

Every year, Gustavus faculty teach more than 1,800 courses - you'll be able to choose what interests you. Maybe one of these courses from Japanese Studies will be on your class schedule.

  • JPN-175History of Pre-modern East Asia
  • JPN-145Discover Japan: Language Life and Culture in Tokyo
  • JPN-271Japanese Film
  • JPN-270Modern Japanese Literature and Culture in English Translation
Mel Pardock ’25, Japanese Studies Major

The department works hard to ensure that students are learning in a way that leaves a lasting impact and the community is full of kind, intelligent, encouraging  people that want to ensure that you are experiencing the language and culture you are studying fully.

Mel Pardock ’25, Japanese Studies Major

What can I do with a degree in Japanese Studies?

The Japanese Studies major is adaptable - and valuable - leading to many different fields and fulfilling careers. Here are a few popular paths, but a Gustavus degree can take you anywhere.

  • Foreign Service
  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Counseling
  • Cultural Center Administration
  • International Organizations
Average salary 5 years post graduation Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes Explorer from the U.S. Census Bureau
75%  Ultimately attended graduate or professional school
11:1  Student to Faculty Ratio
72  Majors
100%  of courses taught by faculty members

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