Asian Languages - Japanese (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Studying Japanese opens the door to a variety of new career paths, experiences and opportunities for personal growth, career development and global exploration. Regardless of where your interests lie, the Japanese language can help take you where you want to be.

Program Description

Students pursuing a minor in Asian languages with a focus on Japanese study the language, literature and culture of Japan while developing advanced abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

A wide range of electives allows students to pursue their interests in topics such as translation, business, popular culture, technology and classical language. In addition, ASU offers summer and yearlong programs to study abroad in Japan.

Program Requirements

The minor in Asian languages (Japanese) consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. All courses used toward the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Elective Courses -- 9 credit hours
Notes: JPN 201 (5 credit hours) and JPN 202 (5 credit hours) or JPN 210 (8 credit hours) are prerequisites to JPN 300-level language courses. A maximum of six credit hours of the JPN 200-level electives or prerequisite courses may be applied to the Japanese minor. Any remaining credit hours from the JPN 200-level courses will be applied to the 120 credit hours minimum for graduation.
Notes: A maximum of 3 credit hours of SLC 421 may be applied to the Japanese minor.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in Asian languages (Japanese)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Students who wish to add a minor in Asian languages with a focus on Japanese to the bachelor's degree program they are pursuing may do so by contacting the School of International Letters and Cultures advising office.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in Japanese studies helps students with communication and cultural competency skills as they pursue careers fields such as:

  • diplomacy
  • education
  • entertainment
  • foreign service
  • international business
  • marketing
  • political analysis
  • science and technology
  • teaching
  • tourism and hospitality

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Customs Brokers

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: 71690
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Sales Managers

  • Growth: 4%
  • Median Salary*: 130600

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

Supply Chain Managers

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98560
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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