Undergraduate study in Japanese

What you can study in Japanese

There are Japanese language courses for every level, whether you are a beginner or not. You can gain proficiency in Japanese sufficient to be able to converse confidently and read material published for native speakers. At Stages II and III there are opportunities to study in Japan.

Non-language courses develop your knowledge of the language's social and cultural contexts. You can study Japanese culture and society, literature, history, popular culture, media or linguistics. Several courses incorporate materials in Japanese, allowing you to enhance your language skills while you acquire in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture and society.

Structuring your major in Japanese

You can take a major in Japanese as one of the two components of your double major for a BA. You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

Taking a Module in Japanese

If you would like to study Japanese alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Japanese. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Japanese major:

  • ASIAN 100, JAPANESE 150 and 332
  • Two courses from HISTORY 225, JAPANESE 222, 240-270, 292
  • One course from HISTORY 335, JAPANESE 307-324, 340, 341, 343, 370, 381-392

Enrolling in Japanese language courses for the first time as a beginner

If you have no or limited knowledge of Japanese, please enrol in JAPANESE 130 or JAPANESE 130G.

You will be required to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration when enrolling in any beginner language acquisition course. The Language Declaration is available to you in your CANVAS Course page under assignments.  

If you do not complete the Language Proficiency Declaration you may be dropped from the course and will not be able to access any course content in the course.

Read more about first time language course enrolment.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

If you would like to find out more about studying Japanese, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.