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Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program at UCSD

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The Program in Japanese Studies coordinates a variety of campus offerings dealing with the language, history, culture, and political economy of Japan. The program is especially strong in the area of modern and contemporary Japan. In addition to courses availabe in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre and Dance and Visual Arts, qualified undergraduates may also enroll in Japan-related courses in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies with consent of instructors.

Japanese Studies Learning Objectives and Assessments


The Spring 2014 Quarter Tutorial schedule is available here!

The Applications for Fall 2014 Quarter Teaching Assistants are accepted from March 31, 2014 to May 30, 2014.

  • Please visit the Graduate page for more information regarding the application process. 

Japanese Language Placement Testing is now offered online. E-mail japan@ucsd.edu for more information.

UCLA to offer 4th year intensive summer language class

  • For more information on this course, please contact Lindsay Duong, Student Affairs Officer (alcgen@humnet.ucla.edu). For general information on the UCLA summer session, visit their website.

The 2013-14 Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies have been selected. Congratulations to the following awardees:

  • Michael Berman - Anthropology
  • Justin Reeves - Political Science
  • Jonathan Shalfi - Pacific International Affairs (IRPS)
  • Kanetaka Maki - Rady School of Management

Visit the Graduate page to learn more and prepare for the 2014-15 applications.

Congratulations to the 2012-13 Japanese National Honor Society Inductees: Kirhan Cheng, Jennifer Thuy Uyen Hoang, Kathy Hoang, Hui-Ya Hsu, Ryan Wu, Jeffrey Schultz, Charles Tillman, James Vo and Chad Loperfido.

Spring 2014 Schedule now Available

Job Information

Updates coming so+on.

Placement Exam

Are you interested in taking a Japanese language course at UCSD?

Get information on the placement exam.

Email List

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Email Japan@ucsd.edu and request to be added to our email list.

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