Japanese Minor

Japan is a democracy with a robust economy, advanced technology in fields including AI and robotics, and a major role in international relations. Japanese popular culture, from anime to video games, has been influential across the U.S. and across the globe. Friendships with Japanese, travel abroad, enjoying Japanese food locally, as well as the practice of martial arts and the love of Japanese popular media have motivated students to pursue the study of Japanese at Carolina. In the program, students enjoy meeting others with similar enthusiasms and often take part in extracurricular activities such as the Japan Club and the anime club (COUp).


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Four language courses beyond JAPN 203, chosen from among the following:12-13
Intermediate Japanese II
Advanced Japanese I
Advanced Japanese II
Gateway to Mastering Japanese
Japanese Journalism
Topics in Contemporary Japanese Literature
Food and Culture in Japan
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Making Music in Japan
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Manga as a Japanese Art and Culture
Sports in Japanese Culture
Understanding Japanese Business Culture and Its Practice
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Japanese Culture through Film and Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Service Learning in Japanese Language
Topics in Japanese Language and Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Investigating Japanese Culture through TV Dramas
Advanced Topics in Japanese Language and Literature
Total Hours12-13

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Visit Program Website

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Japanese Program Advisor

Dwayne Dixon



Morgan Pitelka


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser


Student Services Specialist

Ash Barnes