The Japanese Language and Culture minor is ideal if you have completed your World Culture and Language Requirement in Japanese while majoring in another field, but also want to work in Japan or with the Japanese in your career.
This minor allows you to continue developing your Japanese ability while enriching your language knowledge through in-depth study of the Japanese culture. You acquire an understanding of this 2000-year-old civilization’s dynamic history. You are 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 also develop an understanding of the Japanese-American experience from both Japanese and American historical perspectives.
As the world’s number two economy, Japan is active in almost every area of human endeavor, so, as career preparation and enhancement, a Japanese Language 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.