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Japanese Language and Culture

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Japanese Language and Culture

Japanese has everything a student of language and culture might desire: rich history, fascinating cultural practices, interesting people, compelling places and global relevance. Japanese and Japanese Studies majors at Linfield receive training in language in a small-size class setting, and choose courses in English about Japanese culture. Intercultural competency in Japanese opens many doors, including teaching English in Japan, translating/interpreting, and working in international settings. Study abroad opportunities place students in the dynamic cities of Tokyo or Kyoto.

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As a Japanese language and culture major at Linfield

you might take:

Japanese Culture Today

Learn about contemporary Japan’s business culture and family life by studying its traditional values. (GLJP 240)

Contemporary Japan Through Film and Anime

Screen films to learn about Japanese society and cultural values in contemporary film and anime. (GLJP 250)

Japanese Culture and Society

Explore concepts such as seasonal flux, ego, and ritualistic etiquette in Japanese culture. Offered in Japan, taught in English. (GLJP 306)

Studying Japanese language and culture at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in the target language of study on a variety of topics related to interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes, both in academic and professional contexts and in a culturally appropriate fashion


    Critically analyze through cultural products such as film, literature and other media, cultural practices and historical contexts that have shaped the target culture

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  • Develop an understanding of and respect for diverse values and perspectives as portrayed in the communities of the target culture


    Engage in civic learning to gain insights into global and local citizenry

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  • Reflect upon personal experiences in the target culture to transfer learning to new, complex situations.


    Develop a broad interdisciplinary approach and generate informed perspectives, insights, and/or appreciations to various cultural products, such as films, literature, and media from the target culture

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  • Engage societal issues in the context of the complex interdependent global systems and legacies and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability

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  • Gain the critical insights into how global processes affect communities differently and how power is unequally distributed
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Internship opportunities

Attending classes is only part of the language-learning experience. Internships give you the opportunity to communicate in your target language or interact with people from those cultures. Internships are also a great way to explore other interests and develop transferable skills.

Here are some examples of places where students have interned:

  • KPMG Portland Advisory Practice
  • Taproot Foundation, Chicago
  • Digital and Social Media Intern, Prichard Communications
  • International Programs Office, Linfield University
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

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Have questions about Japanese studies at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.
Masayuki Itomitsu
Masayuki Itomitsu
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Walker Hall
503-883-2475
mitomit@linfield.edu