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 last year


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

Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities


Larry Herzberg

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

Diane Obenchain

Diane Obenchain
Department of Religion
HL 377
(616) 526-8669

Kaori Schau

Kaori Schau
Associate Professor, Japanese Language
Department of Japanese
HH 460
(616) 526-7708

Wayne Ten Harmsel

Wayne Ten Harmsel
Assistant Professor, Director of China Semester Program

Yoshiko Tsuda

Yoshiko Tsuda
Upper-level Japanese
Department of Japanese
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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