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Japanese 101, 102, and 103 satisfy the liberal arts language requirement for the bachelor of arts degree in any discipline.

Why Japanese?

Standards for foreign language learning points out that a variety of benefits are gained by the study of a foreign language. These include learning more about one’s native language and about language as a general phenomenon, gaining an appreciation of both one’s own and other languages and cultures, improving general cognitive and communication skills, and gaining access to other cultures and bodies of knowledge. Studying a linguistically and culturally distant language like Japanese is especially likely to awaken in learners an understanding of the degree to which languages and cultures can vary and of what is distinctive about their own culture.

In addition to the benefits of language learning to individual learners, an increase in the number of Americans who are proficient in foreign languages benefits the United States by improving the level of knowledge of and ability to communicate with other countries in the world. With the increasing global importance of Asia and the Pacific Rim, and the economic and strategic significance of the U.S.-Japan relationship, it is important that more Americans become proficient in Japanese in order to gain access to information available only in Japanese, to increase our national level of understanding of Japan, and to better communicate a deeper knowledge of the United States to Japan. 

 Japanese classes at SRU are taught by an experienced, effective teacher who is a native speaker from Japan. Class sizes are small (usually under 10) giving students the best possible environment for learning a language.  You can fulfill requirements for the Liberal Studies Program, you can complete the SRU language requirement for a BA as well as an Interdisciplinary Asian Studies Minor, by taking related classes in other departments.

Slippery Rock University has exchange agreements with Saga University and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. SRU students can choose to spend a semester to a year.

(From The MLC Japanese Flyer)


JAPN 101, 102, 103: Japanese Language and Culture I, II, III

These courses will provide an introduction to the Japanese language.

Prerequisite:  JAPN 101 or equivalent for JAPN 102; JAPN 102 or equivalent for JAPN 103.
(3 credits each)

JAPN 202:  Intermediate Japanese I

Comprehensive review of Japanese language with emphasis on developing the students' abilities for proficient oral and written accomplishments.

Prerequisite:  JAPN 103 or equivalent.  (3 credits)


Textbook & Workbook:

  • Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I
  • Genki Workbook: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I.

Japanese 101 – Lesson 1 to 3

Japanese 102 – Lesson 4 to 6

Japanese 103 – Lesson 7 to 9

Japanese 202 – Lesson 10 to 12


Textbook Related Websites:

Computer Assisted Instruction for the Japanese Language





Study Abroad Programs:

*Saga University and Kansai Gaidai University are SRU’s sister schools. 


Study Abroad Scholarships:


Proficiency Tests:


Carrier Opportunities:


Asian Studies Minor with Language

Japanese Links:

Japanese: The Spoken Language picture gallery from Washington University at St. Louis. - If you are a student in SRU's Japanese classes you should check this site.

Shodouka: this is a free program to view Kanji and Kana text.

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