Alumnus Yanru Wu in Niseko, Hokkaido

Yanru Wu, who studied Japanese and graduated in 2015, is currently working as a JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching fellow) in the Niseko Town Office, Hokkaido. Niseko is famous for tourism and agriculture. You can see more photos of Yanru enjoying various activities in Niseko here .

Wu in Niseko

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Alumnus Ryan Buyco receives the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Ryan Buyco, currently a PhD candidate at Cornell University, recently received the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. Read more here.

Japanese Language and Literature Programs

The Japanese Language and Literature Program offers undergraduates a major and a minor in Japanese. A full course listing is available on the GW Bulletin.


Major in Japanese Language and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. The general requirements of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Prerequisite courses: JAPN 1001-2, 2003-4, or equivalent.
  3. Required courses for the major:
  4. 18 additional credit hours of upper level Japanese courses.
  5. 6 credit hours in related upper level courses outside the program, as approved by the program advisor.

A requirement worksheet is provided.


Minor in Japanese and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. Prerequisite courses: JAPN 1001-2, 2003-4, or equivalent.
  2. Required courses for the minor: JAPN 3105-6
  3. 12 additional credit hours of upper level Japanese courses, of which 3 credit hours must be chosen from the following:

requirement worksheet is provided.

ACTFL Initiative: Lead with Languages

Professor Tsujioka's class and her students as well as Professor Hamano's old student are featured in this promotional video created by ACTFL.

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Japanese Program welcomes local high school students

Students of Walt Whitman High School visited Professor Tsujioka's JAPN 2003 class, accompanied by their teacher, Ms. Yukiyo Moorman.

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Japanese major participates in a leadership development program

A Japanese major, Xavier Brodnax, was one of the 42 college students in the Washington D.C. region who attended the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III from October 20-23, 2016. The conference is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to mentor and nurture future leaders in the United States and Japan.