Japanese Language Minor

The Haverford-Bryn Mawr minor in Japanese offers undergraduates a demanding program that embraces the full range of communication skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—in modern Japanese. Our program addresses the needs of undergraduates just beginning to learn the language as well as those who arrive at Haverford with several years of language experience. Our classes are known for their rigor in a nurturing learning environment that is tailored to the needs of each student.

Curriculum & Courses

Japanese minors are required to take six semesters of Japanese language courses and be proficient in third-year Japanese at graduation. In addition to First-, Second- and Third-Year Japanese, we offer Advanced Japanese, a series of semester-long courses covering contemporary topics such as literature, media, education, international relations, and social issues. Some of the materials from Japanese studies courses taught in English are also incorporated in Advanced Japanese. Students who enter the minor with Second-Year or higher language experience can hone their skills—and meet their course requirement—with multiple courses in the Advanced Japanese series.

  • Minor Requirements

    Language Minor Requirements

    The EALC Department certifies minors in Chinese and Japanese language.

    The Chinese language and Japanese language minors both require six language courses. Students must take at least four language courses in our Bi-Co programs, and can take at most two at the Quaker Consortium or our approved off-campus domestic or Study Abroad programs. Minors are approved in consultation with the language program directors.

    Global Asia Minor:

    Six courses centrally concerned with Asia (East, Southeast, and South) and its diaspora, at least one of which is at the 300 level. They may be drawn from any department in the Quaker Consortium, and may include up to two advanced language courses. Those interested in minoring in Global Asia should consult with the convener (currently Prof. Guangtian Ha at Haverford) no later than the fall of their senior year.


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