Study Japanese at Calvin
Study Japanese within the context of a broad liberal arts education presented from a Christian perspective.
Calvin University is one of just a few Christian universities in the United States to offer a comprehensive program in Japanese. Studying the subject at Calvin will give you a truly 360-degree view of Japanese culture through classes in Japanese philosophy, history, culture, religion, and language.
- Study abroad for a semester or May interim in Japan.
- Combine Japanese with other majors like business or international relations for great career opportunities.
- Outside traditional class time, learn to love the Japanese culture through opportunities that include lectures by guest speakers, a weekly cultural activity, local events organized by the Japanese community, and more.
Explore Japanese at Calvin
Majors, Minors and Courses
Take Japanese to fulfill your core requirement, or study the language and culture through a major or minor.
Study for a semester in Japan or spend three weeks there in May and June.
Careers & Outcomes
Learn more about the success Japanese students have after graduation.
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Asian Studies grads influencing multiple fields
Graduates of Calvin's Asian Studies program are serving in multiple fields, using the knowledge of Chinese or Japanese language and culture they began to acquire at Calvin College. News & Stories, February 1, 2017
From learning Japanese to teaching in Japan
Roz Scoular '13 teaches English to elementary school children in Ono City, Japan. News & Stories, August 18, 2016
U.S. News recognizes Calvin's global focus
Calvin again ranks among the top colleges and universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guidebook. News & Stories, September 16, 2015
Four Japanese majors accepted into JET Programme
Four Japanese language majors have been accepted into the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. News & Stories, May 22, 2014
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Q&A: A Christian approach to teaching languages
Calvin professors of German, French and Chinese discuss how foreign language pedagogy has changed and how to teach a language Christian-ly. News & Stories, June 14, 2012
Q&A: Japanese tsunami
Calvin professors talk about earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear power, radiation and the resiliency of the Japanese people. News & Stories, March 15, 2011
Herzberg earns exemplary teaching award
Larry Herzberg, the father of Asian language studies at Calvin was honored the college's highest teaching award. News & Stories, February 11, 2011