Are you drawn to Japanese culture? Do you want to expand your career opportunities? Learn how to speak, read, write, and understand Japanese and study Japanese culture, history, society, and ways of thinking.

Whether advancing your career opportunities, traveling, or understanding Japanese movies, magazines, manga, or essays and literature, learning Japanese will increase your linguistic and cognitive skills.

Japanese is a useful accompaniment for many majors: economics, business, Asian study, computer, sciences, and more.

Careers in Business, Science, Politics, and More

  • Work as a tour guide or translator/interpreter or become a journalist, broadcaster, editor, or technical writer.
  • Work abroad in diplomatic service or as a foreign service officer or enter into a career in politics.
  • Engage in international business or public relations.

Transfer Opportunities and Pathways

A Japanese major can be found at many bachelor’s granting institutions. Some universities and colleges may even have similar, but more specified majors to explore, that could align better with your interests. Examples include Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language Teacher Education, International Relations/Global Studies, and many more.

  • Search a list of Japanese related majors at the UCs and CSUs
  • Compare average admit GPAs across similar majors at the UCs
  • Learn what major prep courses you need to take in order to transfer to the UCs or CSUs
  • Explore similar majors at private and out-of-state institutions