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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures

Japanese - Mt fuji

Programs of Study



How do you see the world?

Japanese study provides profound insights into different points of view. As you study a new and different language, you'll develop a greater understanding of your own cultural and linguistic perspective.

Engage the Global Community

The internationally connected nature of today's world makes intercultural understanding all the more vital. The study of Japan's social, cultural, and economic impact on the world fosters a more critical understanding of the global community in which we all participate.

Challenge Yourself!

The rigors of Japanese study bring about a broad level of academic excellence and help you gain better learning strategies, higher thinking skills and richer perspectives.

Choose to study abroad in Japan for a semester.


Lower-Division courses focus on developing a strong foundation in Japanese while fostering awareness of cultural diversities and commonalities through critical approaches to literary and cultural material.

Upper-Division courses engage with diverse literary texts and cultural subjects in Japanese. These courses enable you to develop the advanced critical thinking skills needed to make meaningful connections between yourself, your career goals, and Japanese literary and cultural studies at DU, abroad in Japan, and beyond.


Our graduates have gone on to pursue a broad range of careers and vocations, including professional pursuits in finance, business and education. Alumni include participants in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, as well as winners of the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship for Japanese.

Our students have taken their Japanese studies to the next level by participating in community events and opportunities. 

Recent events

Japanese Culture Day - Bunka no hi 文化の日
The Department of Languages and Literatures recently partnered with Denver Sister Cities International, Denver-Takayama Committee, to organize a Japanese Culture Day Celebration on campus. Find out more about this event on our News page.