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Japanese Studies

Japanese Studies
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Experience Japanese language and culture

The Japanese Studies program focuses on Japanese language, literature and culture. More than 130 million people speak Japanese across the world. You will explore Japanese culture and society through an interdisciplinary approach.

Fluency in Japanese and an understanding of Japanese culture will prepare you for professional success in for a variety of careers, such as business, arts, diplomacy, media and education.

As a Japanese major, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in DePaul’s Study Abroad programs in programs in Kyoto, Nagoya or Osaka, where you’ll strengthen your linguistic skills and become immersed in Japanese culture.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.



  • Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Art and Architecture
  • History of Japan
  • Self, Culture and Society in Contemporary Japan
  • Japanese/East Asian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Religion and Ethics in Japan
  • The State and Economic Growth in East Asia

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Translation services
  • Governmental work
  • Education
  • Immigration work
  • Social services
  • Law
  • Human rights
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of Japanese Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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