Japanese Background

The Japanese section of the Asian Studies Program offers courses in Japanese language from introductory to advanced levels. Students gain confidence and proficiency in Japanese through coursework and study away, while deepening their cultural knowledge through an abundance of extra-curricular activities. Language study is integrated with literature, history, art history, and political science classes in the Asian Studies program to further develop the broad global knowledge necessary for future international work and graduate study.

Ten Reasons to Study Japanese

Ten Reasons to Study Japanese at Bowdoin College

Whether you're drawn to Japanese because of your interest in pop culture, politics, art, music, history, or literature, it is good to think about how language learning will shape your academic career at Bowdoin as well as your life beyond it.

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Japanese Curriculum

Curriculum JapaneseOur curriculum is adaptable to the prior knowledge, disciplinary interests, and learning styles of a wide variety of students.

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Bowdoin Japanese AlumniOur alumni use their intercultural skills to enrich and inform their life paths.

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