As a nation, Japan plays a key role in global economics and politics. Learning the language and culture of Japan will open doors in fields such as international relations, business, engineering and more.


As a Japanese major at Calvin, you will get a truly 360 degree view of Japanese culture by taking classes in Japanese philosophy, history, culture, religion and more. Many Japanese majors pair their major/minor in Japanese with majors/minors in business or international relations. Interested in studying abroad? Take advantage of a semester program hosted by a college in Japan. Or, consider a summer internship in Japan.

Careers in Japanese

  • Interpreter
  • Engineer
  • International Businessperson
  • Government Employee
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study international business in Japan for a semester; help plan the student-led Faith and International Development Conference; intern with World Renew; participate in Rangeela

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By the numbers

Students who participate in cross-cultural learning
Modern languages taught at Calvin
students who studied off-campus in 2013.


Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; history, philosophy or a foreign language major; preference is given to those minoring in other liberal arts areas
  • search and apply here
View all scholarship opportunities


Daniel Bays

Daniel Bays
Professor Emeritus
Department of History

Larry Herzberg

Larry Herzberg
Associate Professor of Asian Languages
Department of Chinese
HH 458
(616) 526-6363

Diane Obenchain

Diane Obenchain
HL 377
(616) 526-8669

Kaori Schau

Kaori Schau
Assistant Professor
Department of German
HH 460
(616) 526-7708

Wayne Ten Harmsel

Wayne Ten Harmsel
Assistant Professor

Yoshiko Tsuda

Yoshiko Tsuda
Department of German
HH 417
(616) 526-8623

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Larry Herzberg Larry Herzberg
Department Chair
Department of Asian Studies
HH 458
(616) 526-6363


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