Description of the major
Japan is both a culturally important nation and a major international presence in the contemporary world. The major in Japanese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Japanese, along with an understanding of the grammatical structure of the Japanese language and a general acquaintance with Japanese culture, literature, and civilization. The major can also help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of this language is useful. Twelve credits of study in Japan, in a Penn State Education Abroad Program or another program subject to departmental approval, are included in the major.