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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.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.