Welcome to Japanese Studies!

Students in Japan in Summer 2016
Students in Japan in Summer 2016

Our program emphasizes authentic learning experiences. After completing the beginner's levels (JPN 101 and JPN 102), students gain survival skills for a short trip to Japan (greetings, shopping, ordering at restaurants, and talking about schedules, reading menus and writing simple notes by mastering Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji).

The intermediate levels (JPN201 and JPN202) help students to be life-long learners of Japanese, using a variety of on-line resources and studying structures to talk about their desires, experiences, annual or seasonal activities.

The Intermediate level students have opportunities to interact with Japanese peers on campus and at our partner universities via course web site and other videoconference on-line media for cultural and learning exchanges.

In addition to the virtual encounter to Japan via courses, there are summer, single-semester, and full-year study abroad programs in Japan through OIP-arranged programs to further develop Japanese language skills.

Genuine beginners should enroll in JPN101. Anyone with prior Japanese language knowledge will be required to take a placement test for an instructor to determine placement at UNCW. Please contact Ms. Yoko Kano for an appointment.

Although a major is not available, we have a Japanese minor. The intermediate levels in Japanese are a core of the Japanese minor, and the beginner level is a core and electives of Asian Studies Minor at UNCW.