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Introduction

Japanese studies may not sound as familiar to freshmen as the study of Japanese language or that of language and culture. There are currently about 10 Korean universities that have the Department of Japanese Studies, and most have been established only recently. Japanese studies is not merely another name for learning the language and culture. It is a completely different field of study, oriented toward regional studies. Once in the department, students are expected to learn about Korea’s strategic neighbor in all aspects including politics, economy, society, culture, and history. Regardless of their position on Japan, anyone who is interested in wrestling with the challenges presented by the country and building their future career on the subject is welcome.

Academic Goals

The curriculum is largely divided into language & culture and regional studies. The Department of Japanese Studies regards the Japanese language as a means to an end, thus putting stronger emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills than in pure language and culture education. The sophomores are provided with intensive training to acquire basic Japanese language skills. Students in their junior and senior years use Japanese texts and reference materials in their regional studies courses or listen to lectures in Japanese, so they can naturally hone their language skills in their learning environment. Courses offered in the regional studies include many elective subjects such as history, politics, economy, society, and culture. From the sophomore year on, these subjects are open to the students, and they are designed in such a way so that students gain more in-depth knowledge as the years progress. Students can thus sign up for classes in a systematic manner according to their level of interest.

Extracurricular Academic Activities

All students of the Department belong to one of the 6 teams under the Academic Research Society. The teams act as focal points in ushering students in their academic lives. Related classes are held in liaison, such as ‘Japanese Studies Survey Research’ and ‘Japanese Studies Workshop’ where students present findings of their research. On-site training in Japan is a very important part of language training. An official MOU has been signed with Surugadai University to help students with their studies at home and abroad (implementing credit transfer) and amassing rich experience in Japan. In addition, academic exchange and annual visits take place with Ferris University.

Career Opportunities

The bilateral relations between Korea and Japan have grown quite close in recent years. With the continuous opening of cultures, exchanges in the private sector have taken off, and Japan’s status in the international community is rising day by day. These changes demand correct understanding of Japan as well as resources whose expertise lies in the country.
Against this background, the Department of Japanese Studies is mandated with studying Japan as an objective area of research and training professional researchers and practitioners both countries are in need of. Japanese language courses as a starter, the curriculum offers many courses in politics, economy, society, culture, history, and geography that are necessary in gaining full understanding of the country. Students are trained as cosmopolitans capable of creative and flexible thinking, and they will participate in the Korean, Japanese and international arena. After graduating, ample opportunities await them in government agencies, foreign institutions, and corporations engaged in business with Japan.

Curriculum

Primary Exercise of Japanese Language Ⅰ,Ⅱ Primary Japanese Conversation Ⅰ,Ⅱ
Intermediate Course in Japanese Language Ⅰ,Ⅱ Japanese Composition
Introduction to Japanese Literature Current Japanese
Reading in Japanese Language Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
Screen Japanese Regulation of Japanese Grammar
Japanese From Pop Culture Ⅰ,Ⅱ Traveling in Japanese Literary History
Topics in Japanese Langugae Ⅰ,Ⅱ Business Japanese
Tourism Practical Affairs Japanese Language Reading in Japanese Novel
Basic Translation and Interpreting Exercise in Translation Ⅰ,Ⅱ
Exercise in Interpreting Ⅰ,Ⅱ Korean Affairs and Japanese Affairs
Japanese ConversationⅠ Japanese Language as a Second Language
Education on the Logic of Japanese Language Method of Japanese Language Education
Education on the Curriculums of Japanese Language Japanese Teaching
Study of Subject Material & Method of Orientation Japanese Politics and Korean Politics
Introduction to Japanese History Seminar on Japanese History to review Historical Persons
Seminar on Japanese History to review Historic Event History of Korea-Japan Relation
Topics in Japanese History Studies on Japanese History
Human right and International Solidarity in Asia Culture in Japan
Japanese Nature and Geography The Social Issues in Contemporary Japan
Introduction to Japanese Society Gender and the Japanese Society
Issues in Contemmporary Japan Textual Exposition of Japanese Inquiry Overseas Material
Studies on Japanese Folklore Community Culture and Local Development
Japanese Mass Culture Japanese Society and Language Culture
Theory of Japan and Japanese People Topics in Japanese Society and Culture
Seminar on Japanese Society Tourism Culture in the East Asia
Introduction to Japanese Economy and Management Introduction to East Asian Economy
Study on the Business and Management in Japan Study on the Business and Management in the East Asia
Japanese Foreign Economic Policy Japanese Businessmen
Introduction to Japanese Culture Industry Introduction on Japanese Social Security
History of Modern Japanese Politics History of Post-war Japanese Politics
Japan and Diplomatic Relation in East Asia Cinema and the Issues of Post-war International Relation
International Cooperations in the East Asian Civil Society Modern Japanese Politics
Modern Japanese Diplomatic Relations The Anlysis on Japanese Political Economy
Japanese Political Process The In-depth Study on Japanese Politics