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2016-2017 Catalog


For over a millennium, the arts, philosophy, and literature of Japan have drawn upon and contributed to East Asian civilization. Today, the State Department considers knowledge of Japanese "critical" to U.S. global interests, especially in trade and finance. Attentive to your level of experience in language studies and your academic areas of specialization, Lafayette offers classes to suit your needs. In Japanese-language courses, you may focus on basic conversation and literacy, or you may work on more advanced skills, such as letter-writing and cultural analysis of literature or pop-culture. Courses in Japanese language are also an essential component of Lafayette's interdisciplinary major and minor in Asian Studies, which will give you a strong foundation in the history, arts, and cultures of Japan and East Asia.

Note: Japanese counts toward the major and minor in Asian Studies.

Japanese Courses