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.


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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