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Japanese Language & Linguistics:
Opening Doors to Non-Western Culture

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The Japanese Language and Linguistics Department is committed to maintaining its national reputation for excellence, providing comprehensive individual, interactive and hands-on instruction.

This program is conducted in a learner-friendly environment designed to guide you towards your maximum potential.

Earlham runs two study-abroad programs in Japan: a full year or spring semester taking classes at Waseda University in Tokyo, and a fall semester Studies in Cross-Cultural Education (SICE) program in Morioka where you will help teach English at a local school.

Our students engage in student-faculty research during month-long experiences on subjects like Japanese food culture and the understanding of the hopes of the Ainu, aboriginal people of northern Japan.

Because of relationships cultivated through a thoughtful and practical interface with Japanese culture and society, our graduates are well prepared for employment in English-teaching programs in Japan.

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Our department serves two majors: Japanese Studies — one track concentrating on culture, the other on language and linguistics; and Comparative Language and Linguistics, a study of Japanese in combination with other languages.

Outside the classroom, Earlham offers Japan House, a residential theme house for students, that hosts cultural workshops and lectures. We also have a Japanese Garden, and the student-run spring festival Harumatsuri, and the Japanese Culture Club.

Our alumni have pursued graduate studies as Japanese/Asia/international specialists. They have used their Japanese language skills in careers in a variety of fields.