Japan Studies (Minor)

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Over the next two decades, the nations of the Pacific Rim will continue to grow and exert global influence in the areas of culture, business and economics, international relations. The Japan Studies Minor provides students with an understanding of the language, culture and history of Japan and gives students a foundation on which to explore the future of this nation and its relations with others through out the world. Students of any major who intend to work overseas or in multicultural settings and firms within the United States will find this minor very useful.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.

Certification of Minor

University Minor Declaration Form should be submitted to Registration and Records for inclusion of the minor on the student’s official record. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.

To complete the final certification, students should meet with the Coordinator of Advising:

Ms. Susan Navey-Davis
321 Withers

Contact Person

John Mertz
402 Withers

SIS Code: 16JSM

Plan Requirements

  • 18 hours (6 courses) of course work.
  • 6 hours (2 courses) hours of Japanese language instruction at or above the FLJ 201 Intermediate Japanese I level.
  • Tested language competency of FLJ 202 Intermediate Japanese II or greater.
  • A minimum grade of ‘C’ for all courses taken toward the completion of the minor.
  • A maximum of two (2) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.

Required Courses
Select six hours of Japanese language instruction 16
Elective Courses 212
Studies in World Literature
Asian Civilizations to 1800
Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
Fashion, Food, and Fun: Material Culture in Chinese History
Politics of China and Japan
Japanese Religions
Total Hours18