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Japanese Languages Program

Experience the Japanese culture by learning the Japanese language. Learn to communicate in Japanese, read non-verbal cues and develop awareness of yourself and others. 

Students can choose to earn an Associate in Arts and follow the Japanese Transfer Pathway or take Japanese courses to meet general education requirements.

COD offers Japanese courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers. 

Students will take courses in Japanese civilization and culture, elementary and intermediate Japanese and conversation and composition.

Studying Japanese also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan.

Find a Japanese Course

Determine Your Path

By studying Japanese, you demonstrate determination, patience, and a willingness to challenge yourself to your limits.

College of DuPage offers a world of educational opportunities in your own backyard. At COD, you'll find:

  •  Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Instruction utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Affordable courses to help you achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining your savings account.
  • Small class sizes to ensure you receive personalized attention.

Japanese Transfer Pathway

The Japanese Transfer Pathway, Associate in Arts represents a typical course schedule or sequence for a student planning to complete the Associate in Arts degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline.

The study of Japanese offers many benefits including: 

  1. Top Economy
    The United States and Japan economic relationship continues to be strong and shows how deeply integrated our trade and national-security interests are.
  2. Get Noticed 
    Knowing Japanese will set you apart from the crowd. Studying a language such as Japanese shows that you have what it takes to be successful in life. You possess determination, patience and have no fear of challenging yourself. The majority of people who learn a foreign language choose a European language like Spanish, French, German or Italian because it is familiar. You can show that you have a multicultural perspective that goes beyond the familiar. Whether it is a resume for a job or an application for a prestigious fellowship, noting that you have studied a less commonly taught language will make you a memorable candidate. 
  3. Learn from Experts
    The Japanese are innovators, designers and creative engineers in cultural exports. Anime, sushi, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, Hello Kitty, Sudoku, karaoke, manga, martial art and origami are all from Japan and have enriched our lives. The Japanese are known for their love of design, precision and mastery. Whether it is designing electronic gadgets or high-end fashion clothing, the Japanese value craftsmanship, quality and pleasing the consumer. Japanese pop culture has a universal appeal around the world. Some say Japan has reinvented the concept of “soft power,” and if something is created or made in Japan it is part of “Cool Japan.”
  4. Study Abroad Destination
    Japan is one of the best study abroad destinations for students who are venturing abroad. It is one of the safest countries in the world, with its low crime rate, secure borders and renowned transportation system. The Japanese have a profound respect for learning and are proud of sharing their language and culture with international visitors and students alike. Internet access is non-censored and the Japanese, who are constantly on the move, are linked to the world through mobile devices. They are likely to know the weather in New York as well as that in Tokyo. Most students who spend some time in Japan want to immediately turn around and return to study, work or simply visit. There is something that resonates within each individual, whether it is the neon lights of Akihabara, the upward soaring glass skyscrapers, the glistening moss in the garden of an ancient temple, or the delicate beauty of a carefully arranged boxed lunch.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Japanese Languages program is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Students who complete courses in any of the Foreign Languages disciplines will:

  • Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
  • Interact with cultural competence and understanding
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
  • Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

College of DuPage has several languages transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.


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