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Japanese Studies

​The Japanese Studies program focuses on Japanese language, literature and culture. Learn to communicate with the more than 130 million Japanese speakers through your courses and one of DePaul’s Study Abroad programs in Kyoto, Nagoya or Osaka.

Fluency in Japanese and an understanding of Japanese culture will prepare you for a variety of careers and set you up for professional success.

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.


Sample Courses:

  • 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


79 percent of 2017 Japanese Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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