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.

Overview

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 Studies

  • 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 the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee; Participate in Rangeela

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By the numbers

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Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

Faculty

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
cah26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7544

Larry Herzberg

Larry Herzberg
Associate Professor of Asian Languages
Department of Chinese
HH 458
herz@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6363

Diane Obenchain

Diane Obenchain
Professor
Department of Religion
HL 377
dbo5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8669

Kaori Schau

Kaori Schau
Associate Professor, Japanese Language
Department of Japanese
HH 460
kschau@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7708

Talk to us

Larry Herzberg Larry Herzberg
Department Chair
Department of Asian Studies
HH 458
herz@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6363

Admissions

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