Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

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Add an Asian component to your curriculum

From Manga art and animation to the world wide economic prominence of corporations such as Toyota, Sony and Nintendo, the influence of postwar Japan makes it a field worthy of academic exploration.

At Franklin & Marshall, the Japanese minor offers students the opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, including mastery of the Hiragana and Katakana Japanese writing systems and introduction to Kanji characters.

We introduce contemporary Japanese language within the appropriate cultural context, so students also gain the requisite awareness and skills that will enable them to function appropriately and successfully in modern Japanese society.

With four years of Japanese language instruction, our students acquire nuanced expressive skills; beyond this, students may even arrange private tutorials at more advanced levels with the Director of the Japanese language program.

Outside the classroom, we offer regular opportunities for students and faculty interested in Japanese culture and language to gather and enjoy traditional tea and snacks while chatting with each other in Japanese, playing Japanese games, watching Japanese movies and practicing calligraphy.

Studying in Japan affords our students an exclusive opportunity to experience first-hand the Japanese language, culture and people. The six-week summer program at Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan, includes homestays with Japanese families. Students also have opportunities to participate in off-campus study programs in Japan for a semester or year.


  • karuta
  • We are playing a KARUTA game, which is traditional Japaese playing cards for word game.

  • caligraphy
  • We are doing SHODO, calligraphy using sumi (Chinese ink) and a writing brush.

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  • Placement Exam
  • Franklin & Marshall offers placement exams in any of the languages that we teach at the College.