Why study Japanese?

The US and Japan are allies, and both are among the top five

economies in the world.

Although other countries are important to the U.S., such as our close neighbors Canada and Mexico, not to mention the rise of other Asian nations in the Pacific Rim, the U.S.-Japan economic relationship continues to be strong with close connections that show how deeply integrated our trade and national-security interests are.

Knowing Japanese will set you apart from the crowd.

Studying a language such as Japanese shows that you have what it takes to be successful in life. You possess determination, patience, and absolutely no fear of challenging yourself. The majority of people who learn a foreign language choose a European language like Spanish, French, German, or Italian because it is familiar. You can show that you have a multicultural perspective that goes beyond the familiar. You are adventuresome! Whether it is a resume for a job or an application for a prestigious fellowship, noting that you have studied a less commonly taught language will make you a memorable candidate. It will show that you are up to any task that may be put before you.

The Japanese are innovators, designers, and creative engineers in cultural exports.

Anime, sushi, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, Hello Kitty, Sudoku, karaoke, manga, martial arts, origami and more – just think about how our daily lives are enriched and entertained by products from Japan. The Japanese are known for their love of design, precision and mastery. Whether it is designing electronic gadgets or high-end fashion clothing, the Japanese value craftsmanship, quality, and pleasing the consumer. Japanese pop culture has a universal appeal around the world. Some say Japan has reinvented the concept of “soft power,” and if something is created or made in Japan it is part of “Cool Japan.”

Japan is an ideal study-abroad destination.

Japan is one of the best study-abroad destinations for students who are venturing abroad. It is one of the safest countries in the world, with its low crime rate, secure borders, and renowned transportation system. The Japanese have a profound respect for learning and are proud of sharing their language and culture with international visitors and students alike. Internet access is non-censored and the Japanese, who are constantly on the move, are linked to the world through mobile devices. They are likely to know the weather in New York as well as that in Tokyo. Most students who spend some time in Japan want to immediately turn around and return to study, work, or simply visit. There is something that resonates within each individual, whether it is the neon lights of Akihabara, the upward soaring glass skyscrapers, the glistening moss in the garden of an ancient temple, or the delicate beauty of a carefully arranged boxed lunch.

What should you know about the Japanese language?

One, it's not as hard as you think! Two, part of being an able communicator in Japanese means that you can read a host of non-verbal cues and you will quickly understand how language is not always spoken or written. Awareness of self and others is a vital part of communication in Japan. Competency in a language such as Japanese means you have the skills to travel the globe. Speaking and understanding the oral components are just one small part of a dialogue.


COD offers Japanese courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers. It also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan.


  • Japanese 1100 – Japanese Civilization and Culture – 3 credit hours (taught in English)
  • Japanese 1101 – Elementary Japanese I – 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 1102 – Elementary Japanese II – 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 1800 – Special Project – 1 to 3 credit hours
  • Japanese 1840 – Independent Study – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2201 – Intermediate Japanese I – 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2202 – Intermediate Japanese II – 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2251 – Conversation and Composition I – 3 credit hours
  • Japanese 2252 – Conversation and Composition II – 3 credit hours
  • Japanese 2800 – Special Project – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2860 – Internship (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2865 – Internship, Advanced (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2870 – Internship (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • Japanese 2871 – Internship, Advanced (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours



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