Program Information

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.


Noriko Sugimori, Associate Professor of Japanese. BA Toyama University, Japan MA Teachers College, Columbia University MA Michigan State University PhD Boston University

Brian White, Assistant Professor of Japanese. BA University of Pennsylvania PhD-c University of Chicago


  • A tradition is emerging at K with at least one student placing among the top finishers in a Japanese speech contest for the fourth year in a row. The post K Student Earns Third Place at Japanese Speech Contest appeared first on News and Events.
  • A $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help fortify Kalamazoo College’s language programs through the American Rescue Plan. The post Language Programs Receive $500,000 Grant appeared first on News and Events.
  • Uyen Trinh ’21 gained global career experience while working as an accountant in the Finance Department of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) in Tokyo. The post K Student’s Dedication Leads to Behind-the-Scenes Work at the Olympics appeared first on News and Events.
  • For the third consecutive year, at least one Kalamazoo College student has placed among the top three finishers in a prestigious Japanese Speech Contest organized by Detroit’s Consulate General of Japan. Uyen Trinh ’21 was K’s only contestant in the 25th annual event on February 20, finishing third overall, in an opportunity she’s sought for […]
  • When most sports enthusiasts are thinking about the Super Bowl, a new book from a Kalamazoo College faculty member is focusing on a different kind of athletics competition and how it relates to creating a barrier-free society for those with disabilities. Wen Chao Chen Associate Professor of East Asian Social Sciences Dennis Frost has unveiled […]