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Japanese Studies:
Encountering the Complexities of Japan

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Scholarship about Japan has a long history at Earlham and our connections with Japan run deep. For more than 50 years, Earlham has been a leader in undergraduate education focused on Japan.

Japanese Studies at Earlham is about encountering the complex histories, societies and cultures that both comprise and are embodied in the nation of Japan.

Our program offers you courses in anthropology, music, environmental studies, religion, art, history, literature, linguistics and beyond.

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.

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Within our Japanese Studies major, students chose between two foci: “Japanese Culture and Society” and “Japanese Language & Linguistics.”

Earlham hosts 12 students from Waseda University every year, giving you even more opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

Outside the classroom, Earlham also offers Japan House, a residential theme house for students, as well as a Japanese Garden, a Tea Ceremony room, and the student-run spring festival Harumatsuri.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in both Japan and the U.S. in corporate consulting, global sales, education, government, communication and translation.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and 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


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