After Earlham

Earlham's longstanding reputation for excellence in Japanese Studies serves as a springboard for our students and graduates who wish to pursue further endeavors related to Japan. Many Japanese Studies graduates relocate to Japan or Asia permanently.

Alumni of the program have gone on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines such as history, anthropology, Japanese language and literature, medicine, law, business, art, English as a second language, and international relations. Our graduates are lawyers, professors, translators, engineers, and business consultants, among other professions.

Nearly half of our graduates sign contracts to teach English in Earlham's Morioka ALT (M-ALT) program, which places Earlham graduates in two-year paid positions as assistant English teachers in Morioka schools, or the Japanese government's JET Program.


There are many things I learned during my time at Earlham: the language courses are top-notch, the informal atmosphere allows many opportunities to talk with instructors, and traveling abroad was invaluable. However, the most valuable asset I gained through this Program is the ability to think critically — not merely to accept what I am taught, but also to push boundaries and come to my own conclusions.

Colin Haywood,
Class of 2008,
Former Fulbright Fellow in Japan

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