We currently offer a minor in Japanese and a major in MLLI-Language and Literary Studies concentration-Japanese track. Upper-level Japanese courses may be used in the Language and Literary Studies option and as the secondary language to complete the Two-Language concentration option, which is in review at MHEC and the department anticipates offering it soon when they are approved by MHEC. We do not currently offer a one-language major track or certificate program in Japanese.
What’s special about Japanese at UMBC?
The Japanese program at UMBC helps students learn how to:
- apply their education to real world situations
- adapt new culturally appropriate behaviors
- become lifelong learners
In the introductory level Japanese courses, students learn how grammar and sentence structure vary in specific situations. Students continue this education into upper level courses and learn how to apply their Japanese skills to real world situations. Exposing students to real world situations, enable students to become more comfortable using the Japanese language as a tool for further their cultural understanding and to effectively communicate with others in Japanese. The Japanese program at UMBC emphasizes the importance of not only the basic four language skill sets: listening, reading, speaking, and writing, but also emphasizes the critical use of culturally appropriate behaviors in real world situations.
Our program also offers an internship opportunity to the students of Japanese helping Japanese high school students learn English at school in Kanagawa, Japan through the Maryland-Kanagawa Sister States program.
Students can select either Language and Literary Studies concentration, Japanese track or a Two-Language concentration option: French, German, Russian and Spanish as the primary language, and Japanese as the secondary language which is in review at MHEC and the department anticipates offering it soon when it is approved by MHEC.
Students are encouraged to consider a minor in Japanese with a major in various fields including Asian Studies, History, Visual Arts, Computer Science, Informational Technology and others. An additional Japanese minor allows students to learn the skill sets of communicating on a global scale.