Japanese Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Dwayne Dixon, Japanese Program Advisor


Morgan Pitelka, Chair


Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist


Japan has the world’s third largest economy, advanced technology in many areas, and an exciting popular culture that influences the Euro-American cultural mainstream. Friendships with Japanese, experience traveling abroad, or even enjoying Japanese food locally, as well as the practice of a martial art and the love of Japanese popular media such as manga and anime have motivated students to pursue the study of Japanese language, culture, and history at Carolina. Once in the program, students enjoy meeting others with similar enthusiasms and often take part in related extracurricular activities such as the Japan Club and the anime club (COUp).

Department Programs




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 of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

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
Making Music in Japan
Manga as a Japanese Art and Culture
Sports in Japanese Culture
Understanding Japanese Business Culture and Its Practice
Japanese Culture through Film and Literature
Topics in Japanese Language and Literature
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.