MCL - Japan Studies

In the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCLLC), the Japan Studies program offers:

  • 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 other academic units on campus (such as history, geography, sociology, art and visual studies), we offer a range of courses on Japan, Asia, and beyond from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to language courses and cultural/literary studies courses offered from MCLLC, students are able to take these interdisciplinary courses in order to pursue:

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

We hope that you will join us to explore Japan, and broaden your horizons as a global citizen of the 21st century.

Where can Japan studies take me?

By studying Japanese language, literature, and culture at MCLLC and beyond, we aim to help students gain 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 of various kinds in the U.S. and Japan.

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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