Curriculum Overview 

Franklin & Marshall offers four years of Japanese language instruction, with more advanced study available on a tutorial basis. Many students of Japanese also participate in our summer and semester study abroad programs at Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan.

At Franklin & Marshall, the Japanese program 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.

An Area Studies minor in Japanese may be arranged in consultation with Professor Lisa Gasbarrone, Director of International Studies and Ken Miura, Director, Japanese Language Program.

Courses Offered 

A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement. 

Tutorials at more advanced levels may be arranged with the Director of the Japanese language program.

Travel Course 

210. TRAVEL: Japanese Studies at Tohoku Gakuin University.

(Summer Travel Course) (NW)

Franklin & Marshall College offers a May – June Program that includes pre-departure sessions on the Franklin & Marshall campus; three weeks of classes at Tohoku Gakuin University, during which students live with Japanese families; field trips.       Staff