Program Information

Professors: Walker, Sugimori

The Japanese program provides students with exposure to the language, literature, and culture of Japan. The multiple levels of Japanese language courses offer a balanced emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking, establishing a good foundation for ongoing language study. Students may study abroad in Japan or take part in other forms of advanced study to continue developing their language skills. Japanese Studies courses (in English) acquaint students with Japanese literary works and their social, political, and cultural contexts.

Due to the overlap in requirements, it is not possible for students to major in East Asian Studies and minor in Chinese or Japanese unless they are pursuing coursework in both languages.

Japanese Department News

Language Programs Receive $500,000 Grant

Language Programs_fb A $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help fortify Kalamazoo [...]

K Student’s Dedication Leads to Behind-the-Scenes Work at the Olympics

Uyen Trinh standing next to the Olympic rings_fb Uyen Trinh ’21 gained global career experience while working as an accountant in the Finance [...]

Peers, Faculty Cheer K Student to Third Place at Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese Speech Contest Participant Uyen Trinh next to a cherry blossom in Tokyo_fb For the third consecutive year, at least one Kalamazoo College student has placed among the [...]

Faculty Member’s New Book Examines Disability Sports in Japan

Disability Sports Book_fb When most sports enthusiasts are thinking about the Super Bowl, a new book from a Kalamazoo [...]

Two K Students Among Top Three Finishers in Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese Speech Contest_fb For the second year in a row, two Kalamazoo College students placed among the top three [...]

K Nets Two Place-Winners in Japanese Language Speech Contest

Japanese Language Speech Contest Participants Out of dozens of college and university students who applied this year, four Kalamazoo College [...]

Five Faculty Members Receive Tenure

Noriko Sugimori presenting at inauguration With specialties ranging from the psychology of adolescents to Victorian literature, five [...]

East Asian Studies Students Earn Boren, Fulbright Honors

Boren and Fulbright Winners Three East Asian studies students at Kalamazoo College have earned prestigious competitive [...]

K Students and Faculty Present at ASIANetwork

Students Participate in AsiaNetwork Presentations The 25th annual conference of the ASIANetwork in Chicago drew a K presence from Kalamazoo, [...]

K Students Excel in a Japanese Speech Contest

Students Participate in Japanese Speech Contest The heritages of sophomore YoungHoon (Richard) Kim and senior Jie Xu are rooted in Korea and [...]