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  • College of Japanese Language and Culture


    Outline

    The College of Japanese Language and Culture has a wide-ranging program of study based around two major fields: the Japanese language and Japanese culture. Students can also take practical training courses in the fields of international studies and international collaborative studies, in which they can master practical and international skills and develop specialisms according to their areas of interest.

    The field of Japanese language consists of the following subjects: Japanese language study, in which students master general knowledge and skills to analyze the Japanese language; linguistics, in which students learn to view the Japanese language objectively in relation to other world languages; and Japanese language education, in which, beginning at a basic level, students can learn the knowledge and skills required to teach Japanese to people of other languages and cultures.

    The field of Japanese culture includes subjects such as culture, politics, society, religion, customs, geography, and so on. In these subjects, students will learn to view their everyday expressions as cultural phenomena, and to gain methods and analytical skills for better understanding them. There are also subjects that deepen students’ understanding of other cultures and their knowledge about international education.
    The College of Japanese Language and Culture has many international students, to whom it offers a choice of four courses. There are two main types of course available: four-year degree courses and short-term courses (three months to one year).


    (1) Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course (4 years) (Japanese Only)

    This is a four-year course for international students who register as full-time students at the University of Tsukuba. In this course, you study the Japanese Language and Culture Major curriculum alongside Japanese students. Invitations to take the Special Entrance Examination for Privately Funded International Students are sent out every January and the examination is held in February.

    (2) Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program) (4 years) 

    This is a four-year course for international students who register as full-time students at the University of Tsukuba. In this course, you study the Japanese Language Teacher Training Major curriculum as part of the Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program. Invitations to take the entrance examination for the Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program are sent out every March, and the examination is held every May.
    Our goal is to equip Japanese-language teachers with an understanding of Japanese culture and the specialized skills required for Japanese-language education so that they can teach Japanese to people in their home countries who want to work outside the country or at Japanese companies.

    (3) MEXT Japanese Studies Students (1 year)

    This is a one-year course for international students who have received a scholarship from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In this course, you develop your Japanese language proficiency and improve your understanding of Japanese culture and general social conditions. The course is targeted in particular to those international students who major in Japanese language and culture at their home universities.

    (4) Short-term International Students (3 months - 1 year)

    This course is for international students who are sent to the University of Tsukuba under student exchange agreements while remaining registered at their home universities. The course lasts between three months and one year. If you are interested in this course, please apply at the student exchange department of your home university and send the application form and all relevant documents to the University of Tsukuba’s student exchange coordination officer.

    Educational Policy

    In the College of Japanese Language and Culture, students will learn to perceive Japanese language and culture in an integrated manner, and contextualize the particularities thereof in relation to those of other languages and cultures of the world. The aim is to foster creative individuals equipped with specialist knowledge and skills necessary for communicating Japanese language and culture in an appropriate manner to people from other linguistic and cultural backgrounds and to future generations.

    Curriculum

    (1) Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course (4 years) and
    (2) Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (Japan-Expert Program) (4 years):

    First Year:
    - Foundations of Japanese Language and Culture
    - Introduction to Study of Japanese Language
    - Introduction to Linguistics
    - Introduction to Japanese Language Pedagogy
    - Introduction to Japanese History
    - Introduction to Japanese Literature
    - Foundations of Culture
    - Introduction to International Education

    Second - Fourth Year:
    ■ Japanese Language
    - Japanese Phonetics and Phonology
    - Japanese Lexicon
    - Grammar and Meaning of Japanese
    - Japanese Discourse
    - History of Japanese Linguistics
    - Language and Behavior
    - Experimental Linguistics
    - Computational Linguistics
    - Japanese Language Education

    ■ Japanese Culture
    - Japanese Thought
    - Religion and Folkart in Japan
    - History of Japanese Literature
    - Features of Japanese Literature
    - Politics and Society in Japan
    - Japanese Society and Folk Culture
    - Economy and Culture in Japan
    - Regional Geography and Human Life in Japan
    - Japanese Traditional Culture

    ■ Cross-cultural Understanding
    - Education for International Understanding
    - Cultural Exchange
    - Oriental History and Culture
    - International Relations of Modern Japan
    - World Literature and Japanese Literature
    - Chinese Literature and Japanese Literature
    - Theories of Comparative Language and Culture
    - Introduction to Japanese Culture I, II
    - Formation and Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Society

    ■ International Cooperation
    - Joint Research on Japanese Language and Culture
    - International Practicum in Japanese Language Education
    - Japanese Language Education Practicum through Dialogue
    - Internship Program in Japanese Language Education
    - International Practicum in Japanese Language and Culture
    - Japan-Expert Internship (Only for students of Japan-Expert Program)


    (3) MEXT Japanese Studies Students (1 year):

    - Geography of Japan
    - Japanese History
    - Japanese Custom
    - Japanese Literature
    - Japanese Language and Cultural Transmission
    - Language Lifestyle of the Japanese
    - Special Studies in Japanese and Japanese Culture
    - Independent Study in Japanese and Japanese Culture
    - Experiment Fieldwork in Japanese and Japanese Culture


    (4) Short-term International Students (3 months - 1 year):

    - Introduction to Study of Japanese Language
    - Introduction to Linguistics
    - Introduction to Japanese Language Pedagogy
    - Introduction to Japanese History
    - Introduction to Japanese Literature
    - Japanese Language Education Practicum through Dialogue
    - Study Tour on Japanese Culture

    Type of Degree

    (1) Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course:

    Bachelor of Arts

    (2) Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (Japan-Expert Program):

    Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language Education

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