The Japanese Program provides students with a foundation to understand the Japanese language, society, and people. It consists of two years of language courses and a one quarter culture program. The program is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to meet the social and global demands of the 21st century
The minor requires 35 credits (typically 5 language courses and two 3000 level 5-credit courses which focus on Japan) with the approval of the program. A maximum of 15 credits can be accepted from outside the institution. However, JPAN 3150 (Japanese Culture) must be taken at Seattle University.
JPAN 1150 Japanese Language I (5 Credits)
JPAN 1250 Japanese Language II (5 Credits)
JPAN 1350 Japanese Language III (5 Credits)
JPAN 2150 Japanese Language IV (5 Credits)
JPAN 2250 Japanese Language V (5 Credits)
JPAN 2350 Japanese Language VI (5 Credits)
JPAN 3150 Japanese Culture & Civilization (5 Credits)
JPAN 3000 Japanese Elective (5 Credits)
*All students must take at least 20 credits at Seattle University in order to obtain a minor.
All languages in our programs are taught in the vernacular, within their cultural context and through study abroad programs. At the end of your Minor in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish, or your Major in French or Spanish you will be able to:
Studying Japanese has changed my life, leading to experiences and adventures I had never dreamed of before. What started out as more of a hobby than anything turned into a growing interest and passion for Japanese language and culture.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is a Japanese government initiative that brings university graduates who are native speakers of English to Japan. It is very selective, and applicants with Japanese language ability are highly competitive. Many SU graduates who studied Japanese have worked in Japan through the JET Program.
Being “career-ready” means that you’ve developed a range of skills that you can transfer to different settings once you graduate. At Seattle U, we take your career readiness seriously, so we’ve created an inventory and program-level map for you to help you see what skills you’re likely to practice in your major or, as in this case, as you study your first year of a language.