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Japanese (minor only)

As the native language of one of the world’s most influential countries, Japanese is a valuable language in business and culture.

Why Choose Japanese?

From anime and manga to karaoke and Hello Kitty, Japanese culture is hugely influential worldwide. And as the world’s third largest economy, Japan is a powerhouse in global affairs and international business. Whether you have a love for Kurosawa or want to get a leg up in the business world, minoring in Japanese will give you language skills and cultural knowledge to succeed.

The Classroom Experience

In addition to courses focusing on grammar, composition and conversation, Japanese classes provide an introduction to Japanese culture and history, providing a well-rounded education.

Our small class size allows you to develop language competency as well as establish a close relationship with your professor.

Our Global City

There is no better place to learn a language than a global hub like New York City. As a Japanese minor at Manhattan College, you’ll have a variety of opportunities that take you out of the classroom and into the world including:

  • Trips to museums and cultural institutions in New York City
  • Plays, concerts and lectures, both on campus and throughout NYC
  • International study abroad programs
  • Language conversation tables

What Will You Learn?

The Japanese minor combines practical language skills with cultural studies. As a Japanese minor, you will:

  • Become proficient in speaking Japanese
  • Understand how this language works in comparison to English
  • Gain a critical understanding of and appreciation for the culture of the people who speak the language

See minor requirements

What Will You Do?

There is a high demand for employees who speak in more than one language. Regardless of your intended career path, multilingual proficiency makes you a stronger job candidate. A Japanese minor is an excellent complement to just about any career whether in the liberal arts and sciences or in business, engineering, education or the health professions.

See the Spanish major or French majorr page for further information about careers specific to modern languages.