The Japanese Culture and History Minor is for students interested in Japan though majoring in a different field, who may wish to work in Japan, or who may wish to work with the Japanese in their careers. As the world’s number two economy, Japan is active in almost every area of human endeavor.
The general focus of this minor is Japanese culture from a historical perspective that allows you to attain an understanding of this 2000-year-old civilization’s dynamic history. You will be introduced to philosophical and psychological perspectives (ideas, beliefs, attitudes, values), the behavioral practices, the customs, and creative patterns (literature, art, music, etc.) of the Japanese culture. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the Japanese-American experience from both Japanese and American historical perspectives. All courses are taught in English.
As career preparation and enhancement, a Japanese History and Culture minor integrates well with all other CSUMB majors, especially those encompassing science and technology, the arts, education, and business. Some of our students have been attracted to trilingual media and environmental science opportunities (Japanese-Spanish-English) and other interesting Pacific Rim career fields.