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Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter (JNHS-CC)

The Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter (JNHS-CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese Language. Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and red-and -white cords to wear at graduation and are recognized on the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) website and in its newsletter. Sponsoring instructors also receive recognition.

Academic criteria for student membership in JNHS-CC are as follows:

  • Completion of five semester or seven quarter courses of Japanese language study (or their equivalent) at the college undergraduate level. All five semester courses or seven quarter courses must be language study taken for a grade (as opposed to audit or pass-fail). Transfer credits from post-secondary institutions other than the institution from which the student will receive the undergraduate degree may count toward these credit requirements up to a maximum of two semester courses or three quarter courses (or their equivalent);
  • a GPA of 3.5 in Japanese language courses (TritonLink GPA Calculator)
  • an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Please see their website for more information:

How to Apply for JNHS-CC in SP20:

  • Application steps:
    1) Fill out an online application form:
    2) Submit the $20 application fee via Venmo to Kumi Obayashi-Ward.
        Enter "SP20 JNHS application: Name (Last, First)" in the comment section.

  • Application Fee: $20 (Send $20 to Kumi Obayashi-Ward via Venmo (

  • Application Deadline: Friday of Week 3 of your graduating quarter

Students should be nominated for membership when they are in the last semester/quarter before graduating. If you are graduating in the fall quarter, you have to apply during the fall quarter even if you are attending the commencement in June. If you are graduating in the summer quarter, you must apply during the previous spring quarter.

NOTE: AATJ has announced that there will be a delay with the issuance of the SP20 JNHS-CC certificates and cords due to the COVID-19 situation. Once they are delivered to the Japanese Studies office, they will be mailed out to each applicant during the summer.