Asian Languages (Japanese)  (Minor)

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

Program Description

Students pursuing the minor in Asian languages with a focus on Japanese gain an understanding of the language, literature and cultures of Japan.

There are opportunities to partake in study abroad programs, which can serve to enhance a student's minor experience and education.

Career Opportunities

A minor enables students to enhance the marketable skills and knowledge they acquire in their major program and to also develop additional competencies.

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

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

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program 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.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor in Asian languages (Japanese) consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper-division.

Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language.

Required Courses -- 9 credit hours

Elective Courses -- 9 credit hours

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Program Contact Information

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