Why Study Japanese?

Japanese is the perfect option if you are looking to expand your cultural horizons and explore career opportunities in a wide array of industries. Many companies in the U.S. and around the world are looking for employees who can navigate Japanese culture and act as language liaisons. The Japanese program sets you up for incredible academic experiences and pairs well with other fields of study at Notre Dame.


We offer a Japanese majorsupplementary major, and minor. We also offer a Japanese International Economics major and an honors track.

In addition to language classes, the department offers courses in English on Japanese literature and culture.

Two Japanese students in front of a building in Japan

Student Opportunities

You can take advantage of many opportunities for Japanese language and culture studies at Notre Dame, from beginning to advanced Japanese courses and language tables to study abroad programs. There is also support for intensive summer language study abroad and international research and internships.

Outside the classroom, you can participate in a number of cultural events, such as Movie Night, Sakura Matsuri, and Senpai Voices. The student-run Japan Club also organizes many cultural and social activities throughout the year that complement and enrich our academic program.

Majoring in Japanese provides a way to engage with the culture in what I think is a much more substantial way.

— Joshua Kuiper ’18, now Assistant Language Teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) in Fukushima, Japan

Questions? Want to get started in Japanese?

Please contact:

Professor Noriko Hanabusa
Japanese Program Coordinator
Email: hanabusa.1@nd.edu