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About Us

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 available 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 School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) with the consent of the instructors.

Read more about the Japanese Studies learning outcomes. 

Contact Us

Kumi Obayashi-Ward
Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor

Office Location:

Ridge Walk Academic Complex
Arts & Humanities Building
Room 660

Academic Advising Hours:

Via Zoom, By Appointment Only
Monday through Thursday
2:30-4:30 (PST)

Phone: 858-534-3598
Virtual Advising Center (VAC)*

Mailing Address:

Japanese Studies Program
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0113
La Jolla, CA 92093-0113

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*All UC San Diego undergraduate students must use the VAC to contact the Japanese Studies Program.



Ridge Walk Academic Complex- A&H Building (Bldg. 1) is in North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. 

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