Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese Concentration, B.S.

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Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese Concentration, B.S.

The ability to speak and understand Japanese opens countless doors and expands one's view of the world. With the news of what's happening around the globe only minutes away, the understanding of different cultures that comes from being bi- or multi-lingual is invaluable. Dynamic faculty members, committed to helping students become citizens of the global community, engage in teaching, research, publication, and other professional activities.
The major in Foreign Languages with an Applied Language - Japanese concentration consists of 27 semester hours (excluding 1010). The concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in emergent and in-demand fields that require or are enriched by proficiency in a second language. It is also intended to prepare students to thrive in an increasingly global economy and multicultural society. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

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Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

MTSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee that offers a degree in Japanese language, which is the gateway to engaging with one of the world's premier economies and dedicated trade partner of the United States. In Tennessee, Japanese companies such as Nissan and Bridgestone account for 62% of direct foreign investment, while globally Japan is the world's third largest economy, with strong trade connections to the United States. In fact, 62 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Japan, many of which invest directly in American business. Students graduating with a degree in Japanese will find many opportunities for employment in Tennessee and beyond. For more information on Japan-Tennessee business relations, please click the following link http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp to be redirected to the website for the Japanese Consulate in Nashville.

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

Andrew Witt and Mitchell Plumer joined MTSU's Japanese program at the same time, unaware that they would become fast friends on the same academic track. "Within a year, we were knee-deep in the program. Competing in the Tennessee area speech contest, meeting exchange students at the language table, and preparing for study abroad became our passions," Plumer says. In their junior year, Witt and Plumer participated in MTSU's exchange program with sister schools in Fukuoka and Osaka. "It was life-changing to say the least. We were actually put in upper-intermediate Japanese courses when we got there, thanks to our classes back at MTSU," Witt says. Both students graduated with honors in December 2014. The two became interested in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program after a career session at the language table, and Plumer earned his first job abroad through JET.

News Briefs

Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

MTSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee that offers a degree in Japanese language, which is the gateway to engaging with one of the world's premier economies and dedicated trade partner of the United States. In Tennessee, Japanese companies such as Nissan and Bridgestone account for 62% of direct foreign investment, while globally Japan is the world's third largest economy, with strong trade connections to the United States. In fact, 62 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Japan, many of which invest directly in American business. Students graduating with a degree in Japanese will find many opportunities for employment in Tennessee and beyond. For more information on Japan-Tennessee business relations, please click the following link http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp to be redirected to the website for the Japanese Consulate in Nashville.

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

Andrew Witt and Mitchell Plumer joined MTSU's Japanese program at the same time, unaware that they would become fast friends on the same academic track. "Within a year, we were knee-deep in the program. Competing in the Tennessee area speech contest, meeting exchange students at the language table, and preparing for study abroad became our passions," Plumer says. In their junior year, Witt and Plumer participated in MTSU's exchange program with sister schools in Fukuoka and Osaka. "It was life-changing to say the least. We were actually put in upper-intermediate Japanese courses when we got there, thanks to our classes back at MTSU," Witt says. Both students graduated with honors in December 2014. The two became interested in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program after a career session at the language table, and Plumer earned his first job abroad through JET.

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CAREERS

A wide array of employment options await students with a major or minor in Japanese. Employers of MTSU students include Nissan, the Japanese and Exchange Teaching (JET) program, the Japanese consulate, and public schools, to name a few. Career opportunities for Japanese language majors are available in various sectors such as

  • Engineering (automotive, electric)
  • Government (State Department, FBI/CIA, United Nations)
  • Higher education (higher education, JET program)
  • Information technology (computer information systems, video games)
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Translation

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  • This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.

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