Japanese Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts

Combine learning about contemporary Japanese society and culture with courses 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 courses 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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

You develop a sound understanding of Japanese throughout your degree, as well as effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Japanese Studies courses

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

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning course) 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.

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