Is the Japanese Program Right for You?

As a student in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures’ Japanese program, you will learn about linguistics, literature, culture, history, business, and society in Japanese-speaking communities in Japan, the United States, and beyond. Our courses not only prepare you to express yourself in spoken and written Japanese in culturally-appropriate ways, but also help you to develop your analytical and critical-thinking skills and to expand your knowledge of the Japanese-speaking world.


Japanese Academic Programs

Our program offers the following academic degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Minor in Japanese

What Can I Do with a Degree in Japanese?

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, K-12 and post-secondary education, and translation and interpretation, among others. You will have access to all of the professions open to a person with a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities, but with the added benefit of being able to do those same jobs both in English and in Japanese. You will receive personalized attention from our dedicated faculty advisors to determine the best path for you.

Learn More about a Degree in Japanese

We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our Japanese offerings. Please visit our website and speak with an advisor regarding any questions you may have.

For more information about our course offerings, faculty, advising, student clubs, and study abroad opportunities, please visit our Japanese program web page.



Japanese Program Page


Talk to an Adviser

For general information, please see the Japanese Advisement webpage.

Please call the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures office at (657) 278-3534 to determine your advisor.


Japanese Advisement Page



Alumni Feature

Dave Kes

Technology Integration Program manager

 Dave Kes

“I chose to major in International Business; Japanese for two simple reasons.” Dave explains, “First I wanted a practical major that would give me useful technical skills that could help me be successful. Second, we work in a global market and to be successful I knew I needed to successfully operate on a global level.” As for how he came to select Japanese, that was largely due to the time Dave spent in the Marines which introduced him to Japanese culture and language, sparking a curiosity.

Thanks to his education, Dave’s careers have taken him all over the world. He has worked as a precious metal trader for a Japanese financial trading company on the London Metal Exchange, and today as a Technology Integration Program manager for a large technology company. He has successfully managed projects in Japan, China, Germany, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Spain, U.S., and Canada.

Dave credits much of his success to the training he received here at CSUF, stating “The International Business Japanese program is incredibly well balanced. It has both strong business training, and the humanities (which are surprisingly important)” adding, “After I entered the business world I realized the program provided me with a wide range of skills that most people don't possess.” Citing the hard-business skills he learned such as statistics, supply chain management, and process design, and how those dovetail nicely with the cross-cultural and language and communications skills he also received.

Dave says that he has found that, even though he focused specifically on Japanese culture and language, the skills have translated into an ability for him to communicate more effectively in cross discipline and multi-cultural project teams as well. An asset that will continue to benefit him more and more as our world become increasingly interconnected.



Contact Information

(657) 278-3534


About Our College and Campus

The Japanese program is a part of the larger College of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU, Fullerton. H&SS offers its students more than 20 unique degree programs ideal for students who plan to continue their studies in graduate programs, or who want to work in areas such as education, law, politics, business, psychology, public administration, and more.

To learn more about our college and our campus, visit our Prospective Students and our College of Humanities and Social Sciences pages below.


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