The Japanese language courses are designed to develop linguistic skills and an understanding of Japanese culture. The study of Japanese is recommended for students interested in majoring in East Asian Studies or International Relations. Students may also pursue a student-initiated major that includes the study of Japanese. In language labs, which are required for all classes, students work with computers, authentic video and audio materials, as well as native speakers. Ursinus is one of two institutions in Pennsylvania to offer a teacher  certification program in Japanese.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in Japanese consists of 20 semester hours, including JPN-211, 212, eight additional credits at the 300-level, and one of the following: EAS/ENGL 224, EAS-311, 314, 399, HIST-243 or another non-language course on Japan.

Secondary School Certification

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in Japanese are required to take the following courses: JPN-211, 212, 301, 328; ENGL-224; HIST-243 or POL-346; and EAS-299, 314, or 401. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.

These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of Japanese literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.


Special interest: Japanese language and culture
Adviser: Dr. Matthew Mizenko (Modern Languages)
This study travel program runs from late May to late June, and is offered in collaboration with Ursinus sister school Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan. Students live with families while studying at the university and have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima and Tokyo. 4 credit hours in EAS-301.

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