Study a major in Japanese at UON
Japanese is the eight most widely spoken language in the world, with over 125 Million native speakers.
Understanding and speaking Japanese opens diverse pathways in Australia and Asia. As one of Asia's richest, most dynamic and diverse economies, Japan is a leader in various industries with many business operations around the world. It is considered a critical gateway to Asia, and has been a historically important trade partner for Australia.
When you study a Japanese major at undergraduate level, your learning will be rich and in-depth:
- Years 1 and 2 - Foundational Japanese courses focus largely on basic grammar and sentence patterns;
- Year 3 - At this level, your courses will deal with both colloquial and formal Japanese used in a wide variety of media such as manga, anime, the Internet and literary texts;
Japanese language as well as aspects of Japanese culture and society are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
What jobs can you get with a major in Japanese?
Apart from enjoying student exchange program opportunities in Japan, students who study a major in Japanese also have working opportunities overseas. For instance, UON Japanese students find seasonal jobs at ski resorts in Japan over the Christmas and summer holidays.
Graduates of our Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese have found employment in a wide range of fields:
- professional interpreters
- award-winning translators
- senior public servants
In addition, the Japanese government annually employs a large number of university graduates from overseas, including Australians, either as assistant language teachers or CIR (Coordinators of International Relations).
Suitable for arts and language students with:
- Some knowledge of Japanese before coming to the university through HSC, an exchange program, or by some other means. you may be eligible to start your studies from 2000 level courses.
- An interest in learning about the language, culture and history of Japan.
- Goals to work overseas in Japan, or within Japanese organisations in Australia.
UON study exchange programs in Japan
Work and study abroad opportunities not only add value to your learning of Japanese, it also opens up networking opportunities and enriches your personal growth.
The University of Newcastle has exchange programs including attractive scholarship packages with several Japanese universities located in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Nagoya, Ube, and Kumamoto.
The programs range from a very popular pre-Christmas short visit to Shohoku Collage founded by Sony Corp, to two semester intensive Japanese language courses. Scholarship packages that usually include airfares, accommodation, and living allowances.
Learn your Japanese language skills with native speakers
As a student learning Japanese, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet students from Japan who come to Newcastle to study. Japanese undergraduate courses also offer opportunities for students to meet Japanese students in virtual reality, using videoconferencing, Skype, Facebook and other means.
Interacting with Japanese locals can be extremely beneficial, as you can improve your language skills more easily through interaction and engagement with native speakers.
What do you learn in a Japanese major?
At UON our Japanese major is a structured course program so that you have the opportunity to specialise in Japanese culture as well as the language. You can study:
- Elementary Japanese: Students with little to no knowledge of Japanese will be able to study the language at an elementary level in their first year. You will learn the basics of pronunciation, grammar, also develop a working vocabulary.
- Intermediate Japanese: These courses will teach you more advanced forms of Japanese grammar and sentences. You will learn how to hold more complex conversations and develop and advanced vocabulary.
- Japanese Society, Culture and Literature: UON offers a variety of courses in which you will learn about Japanese society, culture and literature. You can study areas such as Japanese cultural identity by examining manga, literature by a reading of seminal Japanese texts, and society by analysing the effects of urbanisation, gender and warfare.
Which degrees include a major in Japanese?
You can study Japanese through the following degree pathways:
To learn more about our expertise in Languages and Language Studies, please refer to our Humanities and Social Science discipline contacts page.
After completion of your Japanese language studies, you may qualify* for Japanese Honours.
The Japanese Honours program provides you with credentials testifying to your ability to engage in high-quality independent study using Japanese. It is also often also a prerequisite for postgraduate study, a job in the federal government, or for becoming a Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) in Japan.
What you will study
The Japanese Honours program offers you the opportunity to undertake advanced study in Japanese that involves research in the fields of language, society, and culture, using Japanese language source materials.
The program seeks to continue your language development and foster the academic skills specific to each student's area of interest. It is made up of course work plus the writing of a 15,000 word thesis in English that is based on close reading of a substantial amount of appropriate Japanese language sources.
To learn more about our expertise in Japanese studies, contact us.
For more information about the program structure, please refer to the Bachelor of Arts handbook.
For more information about the program structure, please refer to the Diploma in Languages handbook.
*Students who meet certain conditions and requirements in their undergraduate program may be eligible to study Honours subject to availability.