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Explore the Japanese minor at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Japanese minor is designed to enhance your Japanese language and cultural proficiency. As the world continues to be a shared environment for business, travel and more, your knowledge about the Japanese culture and language will benefit both you and your career. 

Students minoring in Japanese are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Japan. Popular destinations for most students include Osaka and Nagasaki. The minor is also rich in valuable research opportunities. You may choose to collaborate with faculty on ongoing research projects or study creative writing in Japanese during a summer research program. 

Knowing and understanding another language opens doors to many different jobs. Pair your minor with a major in international business and help your organization explore new markets. Or help others learn the language by becoming a bilingual educator. No matter your future career aspirations, you'll graduate with the skills and experience needed to make a positive impact. 

Japanese language offers different perspective

Languages are windows of opportunity that give people additional ways to look at the world. That’s just one of the reasons why Dr. Tomomi Kakegawa, professor of Japanese at UW-Eau Claire, loves teaching students another language.

Since 2003 Dr. Tomomi has been the only professor of Japanese at UW-Eau Claire. This unique position has given her the opportunity to watch students go from knowing very little about the Japanese language to becoming fluent. And for many of her students, knowing a second language has opened doors to new ways of thinking and even more career possibilities.

Watch to learn more about who you’ll learn from and why learning another language is so important.

Why Japanese at UW-Eau Claire?

Unique electives. The ability to explore a variety of topics within the Japanese minor allows you to personalize your education and discover new passions. Study the evolution of Buddhism or learn about various Japanese religions. 

Flexible offerings. Several Japanese courses are offered either online or in a hybrid format, giving you flexibility when working on coursework. Courses in special topics or credit gained at a study abroad site may also be used to fulfill part of the minor. 

Helpful resources. You'll find extensive reading materials in our library, helping you become fluent in Japanese. Resources range from graded books to novels to children's books to Japanese comic books. Our expert professors will also be here for you every step of the way!

Japanese minor curriculum

As a Japanese minor, you will expand your language skills through spoken and written interpersonal communication, allowing you to understand, interpret and craft messages in a new language. You will also broaden your cultural perspective in the classroom — through elective courses exploring history, religion and economics — as well as beyond through studying abroad or by completing a research project.

What classes do Japanese minors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the Japanese minor in the UWEC catalog.

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