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Welcome to the Japanese Language Program


The Japanese Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures offers language courses every semester, a minor in Japanese language, study abroad opportunities, and expanding opportunities for coursework related to Japanese language and culture. For exceptional students a self-designed major in Japanese is also an option.


We use Genki and the Kanji Look and Learn textbooks for beginning Japanese through JPN251. Students studying Japanese at TCNJ learn to understand and use both spoken and written modern, standard Japanese in a communicative, proficiency-oriented curriculum.

Students with an interest in Japan(ese) are also involved in the Japanese Club, the Taiko (Japanese drumming) club, and the Aikido Club.

Course Offerings

**Students beginning their study of Japanese at TCNJ must enroll in JPN151, an intensive course which counts for 8 credits (two courses), and meets every day. JPN151 is ONLY offered in the fall semester.

  • JPN 151: First-year intensive Japanese I (fall semester annually).
  • JPN 152 First-year intensive Japanese II (spring semester annually)
  • JPN171: Contemporary Japan (spring semester annually)
  • JPN 223/Experiential Learning (occasionally)
  • JPN251: Second-year intensive Japanese I (fall semester annually)
  • JPN252: Second-year intensive Japanese II (spring semester annually)
  • JPN 270/Intermediate Topics in Japanese (occasionally)
  • JPN 301/Advanced Japanese I (occasionally)
  • JPN 302/Advanced Japanese II (occasionally)
  • JPN 370/Topics in Japanese: 1 course unit (occasionally)
  • JPN 371/Topics in Japanese (taught in English): 1 course unit (occasionally)
  • JPN 391/Independent Study in Japanese: variable course units

For information on the Japanese minor, please go to the Undergraduate Bulletin (Click on ‘Humanities & Social Sciences,’ then on ‘World Languages and Cultures’ and search for ‘Requirements for the Minor’).

Information about Japan

You will find more tips about studying in Japan, and some general information about Japan.