Departments, Programs and Centers


World Languages and Cultures
Japanese Studies

Japanese studies is an interdisciplinary field that includes the study of the language, culture, and literature of Japan. Courses are offered in language, literature, and culture. The major objectives of the program are (1) to provide students with adequate ability to understand, speak, read, and write Japanese; and (2) to give students a general introduction to Japanese culture, literature, and society. Courses offered in English provide students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese with an introduction to various facets of Japanese studies.

Minor in Japanese

The minor in Japanese studies may be of particular interest to students in business, social sciences, and other languages and interdisciplinary subjects. It includes both language and literature and other Japanese area studies courses.

The minor in Japanese studies consists of 15 credit hours in Japanese studies or related courses approved by the program director, excluding courses at the 100 level. At least 6 credit hours taken toward the minor must be at the 300 level or above IUPUI offers a two-week summer study abroad program in Heilbronn in southwestern Germany for students who have completed at least first-year German. The program includes intensive language training, educational field trips, and a service learning component. The following courses fulfill the requirements. Prerequisite: completion of first-year college Japanese or equivalent.

Individualized Major in Japanese

This program provides an opportunity for students who wish to major in Japanese studies. They will construct individually a program to fit their academic interests. The program is overseen by a faculty director and monitored by the committee for the individualized major.

Study Abroad

IUPUI Hakuoh Program: Semester/academic year at Hakuoh University in Tochigi, Japan. Students will be enrolled full time, take courses in Japanese language and culture designed for international students, and receive IU credit. This program is open to students of all majors who have completed three years of Japanese before they start their study at Hakuoh University and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 average in Japanese. Indiana University also offers mature and motivated undergraduates direct IU credit for study for an academic year at the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

This program emphasizes intensive study of Japanese in combination with courses in English on various aspects of Japanese culture and society and the applied arts. This program is open to students of all majors who have completed at least fourth-semester Japanese and have attained a 3.0 GPA. In addition, students with first-year proficiency may apply to the semester program at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo.