Study in Japan, participate in cultural events, and improve your reading, writing and speaking skills.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Languages



Undergraduate Admissions

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Why pursue a Japanese degree at North Central College?

North Central is one of the few colleges or universities in Illinois offering a Japanese major. With a full range of courses in Japanese for all four years and a vibrant Japanese study abroad program, the College offers a rigorous, distinctive experience in a small, friendly environment. You’ll study the Japanese culture while improving your reading, writing and speaking skills.

You can also:

  • Study in Japan through one of our numerous exchange programs.
  • Participate in cultural events and activities (like a trip to a Japanese shopping center) with the Japan Club.
  • Apply for international study scholarships, including North Central’s Omron Scholarship for Study in Japan.
  • Strengthen your language skills as you get to know Japanese international students on campus.
  • Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor if you hope to teach abroad after college.
  • Access online audio and video resources for Japanese via the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center.
  • Qualify for induction to the Japanese Honor Society or Phi Sigma Iota, for students who study more than one language.

More Department information

Japanese, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Major Requirements

At least 30 credit hours at the JPN 103 level or above, including six credit hours at the 400-level, three of which must be JPN 490. A minimum of one term of study in Japan, and EAS 292 are also required.

Additional Courses

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements.

Japanese Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Minor Requirements

At least 18 credit hours in Japanese, including six credit hours from any two of JPN 301, JPN 302, JPN 303.

Japanese Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


  • Unique internships are available in Japan with our partner institutions.


Recent graduates in Japanese include:

  • English teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
  • International relations coordinator
  • Librarian/information technology

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