Explore the Ph.D. program in Japanese

The Ph.D. program in Japanese allows you to specialize in Japanese language and culture while preparing you for an academic career at the university level.

You will learn from renowned faculty doing research in this region and graduate with expertise in the Japanese language, research methods in an academic discipline, and pedagogy.

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Interdisciplinary, yet focused

The Ph.D. program consists of at least 30 credit hours in courses in East Asian Studies, as well as 12–15 credit hours in an outside field that you choose, such as fine arts, history, political science, folklore, or comparative literature.

Hone your language skills

Japanese language study is an integral part of the Ph.D. program. Proficiency in a second modern East Asian language or a classical East Asian language may be necessary depending on your area of research. In addition, reading proficiency in French, German, or another European language related to your research is required.

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