As one of the world’s top economies and exporters of cultural capital, Japan is an
integral piece of our increasingly globalized world. Japan is widely recognized as
one of the world’s chief producers of automobiles, robotics, medical innovation, and
a host of other products; it is also known for its unique cultural contributions,
including animation, music, philosophy, literature, martial arts, and sport. Learning
the Japanese language is the key to accessing Japan’s rich cultural legacy. MTSU's
energetic faculty is dedicated to helping students learn Japanese, which in turn will
allow them to fully participate in that legacy as well as to become engaged and responsible
Japanese business connections strong in state, nation
MTSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee that offers a degree in Japanese
language, which is the gateway to engaging with one of the world’s premier economies
and dedicated trade partner of the United States. In Tennessee, Japanese companies
such as Nissan and Bridgestone account for 62% of direct foreign investment, while
globally Japan is the world’s third largest economy, with strong trade connections
to the United States. In fact, 62 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in
Japan, many of which invest directly in American business. Students graduating with
a degree in Japanese will find many opportunities for employment in Tennessee and
beyond. For more information on Japan-Tennessee business relations, please click the
following link to be redirected to the website for the Japanese Consulate in Nashville.
MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program
千蠃官网国际网址Andrew Witt and Mitchell Plumer joined MTSU’s Japanese program at the same time, unaware
that they would become fast friends on the same academic track. “Within a year, we
were knee-deep in the program. Competing in the Tennessee area speech contest, meeting
exchange students at the language table, and preparing for study abroad became our
passions,” Plumer says. In their junior year, Witt and Plumer participated in MTSU’s
exchange program with sister schools in Fukuoka and Osaka. “It was life-changing to
say the least. We were actually put in upper-intermediate Japanese courses when we
got there, thanks to our classes back at MTSU,” Witt says. Both students graduated
with honors in December 2014. The two became interested in the Japanese Exchange and
Teaching program after a career session at the language table, and Plumer earned his
first job abroad through JET.
MTSU True Blue Preview: Foreign Language
A wide array of employment options await students with a major or minor in Japanese.
Employers of MTSU students include Nissan, the Japanese and Exchange Teaching (JET)
program, the Japanese consulate, and public schools, to name a few. Career opportunities
for Japanese language majors are available in various sectors such as
- Engineering (automotive, electric)
- Government (State Department, FBI/CIA, United Nations)
- Higher education (higher education, JET program)
- Information technology (computer information systems, video games)
- International business
Employers of MTSU alumni
千蠃官网国际网址This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.
千蠃官网国际网址MTSU now offers the option of either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science
(B.S.) in Foreign Language with a major in Foreign Languages and a concentration in
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.
The major in Foreign Languages also has concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic,
Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.
Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures千蠃官网国际网址 include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies,
Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.
The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures also offers a Master
of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for graduate students in French, German, and Spanish.
Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.A.
Priya Ananth, program coordinator
A major in Foreign Languages with a Japanese concentration consists of 36 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.
Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:
General Education (41 hours)
千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
The following course is recommended for the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
Major Requirements (36 hours)