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"If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity [to take the STAMP test], I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster."

-Emily (Class of 2019)


The Department of Modern Languages currently offers four semesters of Japanese.


Why is it important to learn Japanese?

Japanese companies account for a substantial amount of automotive manufacturing in regions of Kentucky.Set yourself apart by taking on a language known for innovation, design, and creativity in traditional modern arts.

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese gives ten more reasons.


Courses offered at WKU

JAPN 101 Elementary Japanese I

JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese II

JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I

JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II


Interested in learning more Japanese and more about Japan?

Choose the right study abroad program for you through the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning.

Consider a Major and Minor in Asian Religions and Cultures

Apply for a Critical Languages Scholarship. Students who have studied Japanese show a commitment to the language and are likely to be more competitive for these prestigious awards for intensive language study abroad.


Primary Contact Person

Would you like to know more about studying Japanese at WKU? Joe Ertl is senior instructor for Japanese. Contact him for questions about placement, departmental exams, majoring or minoring, prestigious scholarships, and study abroad opportunities.

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