The Japanese program at DU prepares students to become informed international citizens who develop effective Japanese language and cultural communication expertise. Our students apply their Japanese linguistic, literary and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors, careers and future global challenges. At the same time, they deepen their empathy for and curiosity about the diversity of human experiences. Our faculty and students collaborate on opportunities that advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and work to better our local and global communities.

Japanese clubs and events on DU's campus provide fun ways to further engage with Japanese language, literature and culture. With study abroad opportunities in desirably located premium universities in Japan you can hone your linguistic and cultural competencies while immersing yourself in contemporary Japanese life.

Alumni of the program have participated in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and have won the prestigious Boren Scholarship for Japanese and the competitive Critical Language Scholarship for Japanese, among other awards.

DU's minor in Japanese offers:

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    Small, interactive classes in Japanese language, literature and cultural studies that allow students ample opportunity to work with our accomplished instructors

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    Study abroad opportunities in premium locations in Japan

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Degree Requirements

  • To minor in Japanese, you will need a minimum of 24 quarter hours of approved courses.
  • 20 of these courses will be language classes beyond the intermediate level (JAPN 2001).
  • One course will be JAPN 1416 Postwar Japan: Changing Perspectives in Literature and Culture. 

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.


Join a global community by studying Japanese language and culture.

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