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Department Of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Japanese Program Section Head

Drake Langford, Ph.D.

Japanese Program Faculty


MCLL Office


Study Abroad

Applications to study abroad at Tokiwa University in Mito, Japan during the Fall 2013 semester or at Ryukoku University in Kyoto for the 2013-14 academic year are now closed. If you think you might be interested in applying next year, please see below. The CSUN application deadline for these programs will be announced again next Spring.

  • CSUN-Tokiwa University Fall Semester Exchange Program. CSUN Students at Tokiwa are provided free housing in the Tokiwa dorms and receive a $1000 scholarship. Learn more about the Tokiwa program and see how to apply.
  • CSUN-Ryukoku University Academic Year Exchange Program. Learn more about the Ryukoku program and see how to apply.
  • CSU International Programs. CSUN students can study abroad at Waseda University or Tsukuba University through CSU International Programs (IP). See the CSU International Programs website for details or contact the CSUN IP Campus Coordinator.
  • The Japanese Program

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    The Japanese Program offers students the opportunity to major in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Japan or to minor in Japanese language.

    The major is designed to provide advanced proficiency and cultural competency in Japanese and requires completion of a total of 42 units, including 24 units of Japanese language and culture courses and 18 units in other cultures and literatures offered in the Modern and Classical Languages Department. See the Languages and Cultures major in the CSUN catalog for details.

    The minor in Japanese, requiring completion of twenty units, is offered to students who are specializing in other languages or academic subjects. See the Japanese language minor in the CSUN catalog for details.

    Several FLIT (Foreign Literature in Translation) courses dealing with Japanese language and culture are also available to students as part of the CSUN curriculum requirements.

    Students in the Japan Program who have completed two or more semesters of Japanese language study and one semester of cultural studies are eligible to study abroad in a number of existing programs, giving them the opportunity to experience life in Japan while advancing their studies.

    Why Study Japanese?

    The study of the language affords students the opportunity to communicate, read and write in Japanese.