Bachelor of Arts - Japanese Studies

AUT's School of Language and Culture offers courses in New Zealand Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Spanish. Watch our video to find out why our students love learning languages.

If you have an interest in Japanese society and culture, along with the Japanese language, this major is for you. 

You will engage with contemporary Japanese society and culture, alongside learning the language in order to communicate appropriately with Japanese.

At AUT you will learn modern, current Japanese in a social and supportive environment. You’ll also get to put your language skills into practice at our student-run weekly Japanese club, Ocha no Jikan where you can socialise with Japanese native speakers and other students of the language. Activities each week range from making and eating soba noodle dishes to 'Fear Factor' Japanese and drawing Manga. 

You can broaden your degree by studying a minor or a second major in a different subject area. Japanese Studies is ideal to take as a double major with business, hospitality and tourism, social sciences, translation or interpreting.

Career opportunities

Because this major can be taken to complement another major, graduates can choose from a wide range of careers.

The language and intercultural competence gained from the Japanese Studies major will make graduates attractive to employers in the increasingly multicultural New Zealand workplace and abroad.

Find out more about post study career opportunities in this guide pdf icon

Structure and content

Japanese Studies enables students to explore Japanese culture, values and society as well as providing the essentials of the Japanese language to communicate effectively in everyday situations.

Students have the opportunity to complete a research paper on an area of particular interest, which could link in with a theme from another major.


Core papers
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life. For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Japanese Studies papers
CLSY502 Intercultural Competence
JAPA511 Speak Japanese I
JAPA512 Write Japanese I
CLSY601 Intercultural Competence in a Global World
JAPA602 Japanese II
JAPA604 Kanji II
JAPA605 Japanese Society and Culture
JAPA611 Speak Japanese II
JAPA612 Write Japanese II
JAPA613 Integrated Japanese
CLSY701 East Asian Values and Beliefs
JAPA701 Japanese Language and Oral Competency
JAPA702 Japanese for Formal Contexts
JAPA703 Japanese Religions and the Samurai
JAPA704 Japanese Language and Social Trends
JAPA705 Japanese Authentic Reading
JAPA706 Japanese Language in the Global World
JAPA707 Japanese for Specific Purposes

Last updated: 08-Jan-2018 10.07am

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