*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Japanese curriculum of the University at Buffalo provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of Japan. The language, culture, linguistics, technical Japanese, and pedagogy courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, or business, as well as in other fields in the United States and abroad. The curriculum of the Japanese program includes courses designed to develop competence in spoken and written Japanese through the advanced level, including advanced-level independent study, courses on Japanese culture, linguistics, pedagogy, and courses that examine Japanese business culture and vocabulary, and science and technology topics in Japanese.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the students are expected to acquire intermediate-level proficiency in Japanese in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and cultural knowledge and understanding desired for the target level of proficiency.
Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors as well as other students. The use of the target language is essential in class. Independent studies may be arranged for advanced levels to meet specific needs of students.
The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.
The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars, with diverse backgrounds and interests. The Japanese Program has a full-time faculty director, a full-time adjunct faculty coordinator, and four adjunct faculty instructors.
Please visit the Linguistics program website for additional information about our faculty.
The language and culture courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia-related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, business, and other fields in the United States and abroad.
Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.
Dr. Mitsuaki Shimojo, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: