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The Asian Languages and Literatures program offers a Master of Arts degree in Japanese designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the literature and culture of Japan. The faculty’s diverse research specialties allow students to focus on a range of topics and periods, from the classical era to contemporary Japan, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students are encouraged to continue developing their linguistic skills leading to opportunities for future careers in such fields as translation, journalism, business, and government. For those interested in an academic career, the curriculum also allows emphasis on more traditional literary and theoretical studies.


Entering students should have an advanced level competency in Japanese language and are expected to have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese (or a related field) before matriculation with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.200 in the major and 3.000 overall (on a 4.000 scale). Applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examination before applying, or to take it at the earliest opportunity thereafter. Non-native speakers of English who are not U.S. citizens are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language.