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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi


Japanese at the University of Mississippi

Why Study Japanese?

Japanese is a beneficial language to learn and knowing Japanese is a marketable skill to have. Japan is the third largest nation in the world in economic size, and the country plays important roles in the world in cutting-edge industries such as computers, artificial intelligence, electronics, robotics and new materials.

The University of Mississippi offers an undergraduate minor in Japanese and four levels of instruction. The courses in elementary, intermediate and advanced Japanese emphasize both the language and culture of Japan. The Japanese minor consists of 15 hours of Japanese courses at the 200 level and above, of which a maximum of 9 credits for the minor may be taken through one of the many approved study-abroad universities in Japan.

Degree Requirements

Student Resources


Extracurricular Activities

Japanese Conversation Group

Our weekly informal conversation group meets once a week. Join us for games and conversation. Omachi shite masu!
— Second and Fourth Wednesdays 6:00p-7:00p @ the Residential College

Japanese Club

Stay in touch through our Japanese Club Facebook page.

Study Abroad

Go Away! We encourage all of our Japanese students to immerse themselves in the study abroad experience. The Study Abroad Office offers programs in Japan where students at all levels of Japanese study a variety of linguistic, literary, and cultural topics.

Japanese Honor Society

Membership in the national Japanese Honor Society is offered to students of Japanese that demonstrate extraordinary academic performance.


The Japanese faculty at the Department of Modern Languages has expertise in Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Methodological Study, Japanese Intonation and Accent. Our Japanese classes feature low faculty-to-student ratios allowing students to work closely with the Japanese faculty.

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Contact Information

Japanese Language Program

Kaoru Ochiai, Ph.D. Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese
Croft 271

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Financial Assistance

Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships help many students study Japanese. Modern Languages awards scholarships to students of Japanese, the College of Liberal Arts awards additional scholarships, and other financial support is available from the Office of Financial Aid.