Japanese is the fastest growing language in United States higher education. Due to the interdependence between the U.S. and Japan , as well as Japan ’s role in the world economy, the importance of Japanese has become more evident.

Students who major in Japanese will gain proficiency in Japanese language skills. The department offers a broad variety of courses designed to prepare majors for a number of careers after graduation.

Program Overview

San Diego State’s Japanese program offers a variety of courses designed to develop advanced language skills which can lead to a number of careers after graduation. A major in Japanese provides excellent preparation for graduate programs in such areas as Asian studies, anthropology, economics, history, international business, international law, journalism, librarianship, linguistics, political science, and public administration. It also gives graduates an advantage in looking for positions in Japan in areas such as language teaching, business consulting, or journalism.

Special Features

  • Graduate and undergraduate students at the SDSU can enhance their education and cultural awareness by taking part in several opportunities available to study abroad.
  • Each year the Japanese Language Program receives generous contributions from Kyocera International for the Kyocera Japanese Scholarship and the Kyocera Best Student Awards, and from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for the deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Japanese Scholarship for Accounting Majors.

Career Opportunities

A knowledge of Japanese is a valuable asset in finding positions as interpreters and translators employed by the federal government, the United Nations, international conferences, trade councils, and publishers, as well as internationally oriented companies, government agencies, the press corps, and the tourism industry. It also gives graduates an advantage in looking for positions in Japan in such areas as language teaching business consulting, or journalism.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Website for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Japanese program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.