Japanese Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts

Combine learning about contemporary Japanese society and culture with papers from another area of interest to prepare yourself for a wide range of careers.

Japan is an exciting combination of high tech and peaceful contemplation. When you learn Japanese at AUT you’ll gain insight into the diversity of Japanese culture and build strong, transferable skills like intercultural competence. Social clubs where you can practise your skills will make your learning experience exciting and fun.

With this major you can pair learning contemporary Japanese with papers in a range of subjects, from social sciences and translation to business and international studies. It’s a great way to build your own unique skillset for your future career.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Core papers

All students in the Bachelor of Arts complete core papers that cover effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career. For a list of core papers refer to the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Bachelor of Arts

Japanese Studies papers

Papers you could take over your three years of study include:

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

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning paper) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

Recent placements included:

  • Tokyo Food Ltd
  • NZ Japan Society of Auckland
  • Auckland Girls’ Grammar
  • Gekkan NZ
  • AUT International House

Explore Japanese culture, values and society, as well as the essentials of Japanese language.

This major can be studied as part of a double major, and graduates can choose from a wide range of careers in New Zealand’s increasingly multicultural workplaces.

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

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Key features
  • Combine learning Japanese with other interests like business, tourism, social sciences, translation or interpreting
  • Practise your skills in our weekly Japanese club Ocha no Jikan
  • Workplace experience in your final year
See yourself as
  • Intrigued by different cultures, particularly Japanese
  • A conceptual thinker
  • Analytical
  • A communicator and team player

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.