Japanese studies offers an introduction to the main elements of the modern Japanese language – both oral and written – with opportunities to study the history, culture, economy, and geography of Japan.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: Any degree, minor
Japanese is known to be one of the most unique and complex languages in the world – with a high degree of inflections, three sets of scripts in its writing system, etc.
At Mount Allison, students are guided step by step to study this language with clear instruction and materials.
Courses include introductory and intermediate Japanese*.
Although primarily a language program, an interdisciplinary minor in Japanese studies includes courses in geography, economics, history, and religious studies.
Find out more about Japanese studies courses in the academic calendar – modern languages and literatures.
*You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of Japanese.
Popular career paths for Japanese studies graduates include:
- foreign service officer
- public policy analyst
- immigration officer
- international business analyst
- research assistant
- international education assistant
- import/export co-ordinator
- management consultant
“Mount A provides great opportunities in Japanese studies because of the MASSIE program. I got involved in MASSIE in my first year. It was an opportunity to focus on the Japanese language plus I made a lot of Japanese friends.”
Ke Yang (Kim) Pan (’17)
Double major psychology and Asian studies, minor in Japanese studies
“Introductory Japanese classes immediately test your ability to speak
and write Japanese. In language labs you are constantly speaking,
practicing, and enhancing your vocabulary and comprehension of the
language as well as learning new vocabulary.”
Rylan Feetham ('16)
English, minor in Japanese studies
Mount Allison's language lab provides students with a safe space to practice their language skills.
Study abroad and exchange
You may choose to further your experience in Japanese studies by participating in Mount Allison’s exchange programs. Transfer credits may be earned and applied toward the fulfillment of your course requirements for Japanese studies. Mount Allison offers the following programs:
- Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) Exchange Program — a year-long program consisting of intensive Japanese language studies and Japan/East Asia studies
- KGU Cross-Cultural College (CCC) — Students from four universities (Mount Allison, KGU, Queen’s University, and University of Toronto) work together on multicultural studies and international relations with course activities taking place in Japan and Canada throughout the year
- Senshu University Exchange Program — This 12-week program (September to December) includes language, business, and culture studies
- Waseda University — A one-year study abroad program
MASSIE partner program
There are opportunities to practise Japanese by being partnered with a Japanese student studying English at Mount Allison through the MASSIE (Mount Allison Semester Studies in English) program.
If you have superior language skills, you may be able to work on campus as a private language tutor.
Sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Japanese speech contests are held annually at universities across Canada. Students studying Japanese at universities are eligible to participate. Mount Allison students regularly win prizes in the Atlantic Canada Japanese Speech Contest (ACJSC) in the beginners and intermediate categories.
Instructor, Japanese studies
Canadian National Speech Contest committee member, served as president of the Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE)