MCL - Japan Studies

In the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCL), Japan Studies Offers:

  • A major in Japanese Language and Literature;
  • 4 years of Japanese language instruction, from the beginning to the advanced level;
  • A range of modern and pre-modern Japanese cultural and literary studies courses in English;
  • Study abroad opportunities in Japan; 
  • Internship opportunities in the Bluegrass region;
  • Extracurricular/club activities on campus; and much more!

In addition, in collaboration with faculty members in the interdisciplinary Japan studies program, the Department of Economics, and other academic units on campus, we offer various courses on Japan, Asian, and beyond in a range of thematic issues.  With these courses, students are able to receive:

  • A minor in Japan Studies;
  • A major in Foreign Languages and International Economics - Japanese; and/or
  • A major in International Studies with East Asia concentration.

Where can Japan studies take me?

By studying Japanese language, literature, and culture at MCL, students will obtain a solid base to advance their explorations of Japan, scholarly or otherwise. Indeed, UK graduates studying with us:

  • Have gone on to graduate work in law, geography, finance, and Asian/Japanese studies;
  • Have joined the “Japan Exchange and Teaching” (JET) program, sponsored by the Japanese Government; and
  • Have entered Japanese companies in the U.S. and Japan.

Some of the examples of accomplishments of our recent graduates are as follows.

Year of Graduation: 2013

Myunghyun Kang.  Major: Japanese language and literature.  Current Affiliation: US Army.  Position: 2LT

Amir Bahrami.  Major: Biology, FLIE-Japanesse.  Current Affiliation: JET Program.  Position: Assistant Language Teacher in Koorimachi, Fukushima.

Meng Xu.  Major:  BA of International Studies (FLIE-Japanese).  Current Affiliation: Elliott School of International Affair, The George Washington University.  Position: Graduate Student in Asian Studies

Year of Graduation: 2012

Lee Ransdell.  Major: Japanese Language and Literature.  Employment: Interac.   Position: English teacher in Japan. 

Kenneth Lewis Taylor Jr. Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering, BA in Japanese Language and Literature, Minor: Mathematics. Employment: Aichi Forge USA.  Position: Design/Process Engineer.

Robert Chase LaCas.  Major: Japanese Language and Literature, Minor: Mathematics.  Employment: Corrisoft, LLC.  Position: Software Engineer.  

Amber Anderson.  Major: Anthropology, Minor: Japan Studies.  Employment: Noto High School, Ishikawa Prefecture.  Position:  Assistant English Teacher, JET program

Andrew Z. Le. Major: International Studies (area: East Asia, focus: culture and art).  Employment: JET Program participant, Higashiosaka Board of Education, Osaka.  Position: Assistant English teacher at Nisshin Senior High School, Osaka.

Katherine Welch.  Major: Political Science, Minor: Japan studies.  Affiliation: Department of Political Science, Cornell University.  Position: Ph.D. student with a Sage Fellowship.  

Join us to explore Japan, and broaden your horizons as a global citizen of the 21st century!

Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:

1055 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0027
ph: 859-257-3761
fax: 859-257-3743

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