Japanese Program

Minor in Japanese

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The Minor 

The Minor in Japanese is designed to provide students with language training and an understanding of Japanese society and culture as revealed through the study of the language and literature. Students with previous studies in Japanese should consult the advisor for advanced placement and course selections to complete the Minor. Successful completion of the Minor in Japanese will be noted on the student’s official CSUN transcript.


The Minor prepares students to teach Japanese and enter graduate programs requiring knowledge of the Japanese language, including area studies, business or law. It also helps students aspiring to careers in international business and law, public and community service, and communication and the media.

Learning Outcomes

As appropriate to the level completed, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate fluency in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Japanese;
  2. Demonstrate ability to reason and present sound arguments using the Japanese language;
  3. Analyze and clearly articulate interpretations of literary texts; and
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of Japanese culture and tradition.