Japan Studies (16JSM)


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.


  • 18 hours (6 courses) of course work.
  • 6 hours (2 courses) hours of Japanese language instruction at or above the FLJ 201 level.
  • Tested language competency of FLJ 202 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

The department will determine whether courses which have been transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two courses from other institutions may count toward the minor.

Elective Courses

12 additional elective hours (4 courses) selected from the following:

  • EC 470 The Japanese Economy 3cr.
  • ENG/FL 394 Studies in World Literature 3cr.
  • HI 263 Asian Civilizations to 1800 3cr.
  • HI 264 Modern Asia: 1800 to Present 3cr.
  • HI 472 Modern Japan 1850-present 3cr.
  • PS 342 Politics of China and Japan 3cr.
  • REL 334 Japanese Religions 3cr.

With the Minor advisor’s approval, additional Japan-related classes may be used to fulfill the elective course requirement.


Students first download a Departmental Minor Declaration Form and consult with their major advisor for approval of the minor program. After the student obtains the major advisor’s signature, he/she meets with the minor advisor to develop a plan of study indicating required courses and expected dates of completion. A copy of the student’s minor plan of study will be kept on file in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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 should meet with the Coordinator of Advising, Ms. Susan Navey-Davis (919.515.9288, https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/people/faculty_staff/navey, 321 Withers), to complete the final certification. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.

Contact Person

John Mertz
402 Withers
SIS Code: 16JSM