Why study Japanese?
Japan is cutting edge. In areas such as fashion, food, art, architecture, horror films, literature, graphic novels, and animation, Japan is a leader in global postmodernity. Japan has the second largest economy in the world. Global ventures such as Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Casio, Canon, Minolta, Honda, Toyota, and Mitsubishi are major players in their fields. It is estimated that over 80 million Japanese use the internet. That is almost 10 percent of all internet users. The Japanese spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on consumer goods and services. The United States exports more goods to Japan than any other destination.
What can I do with Japanese?
The University of Tennessee offers a minor in Japanese and a major in Language and World Business with a Japanese concentration. With this preparation, careers in the areas of education, translation and interpreting, international business, journalism, tourism, and diplomacy are possible.
Major in Language and World Business with a concentration in Japanese
A major is offered in Language and World Business Program with a concentration in Japanese. Click on the Japanese and World Business link for further details.
The Japanese minor consists of at least 18 hours of Japanese courses. Japanese 251-252 or its equivalent are prerequisites to the minor. Required courses include Japanese 351-352, 451-452, and six hours from Japanese 313-314, 321, 413 or other Japanese courses above 300.