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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


The University of South Carolina at Columbia offers minor and cognate programs in Japanese. Each semester approximately 250 students, both undergraduate and graduate, study the Japanese language and culture. Every year the number of highly motivated students who decide to learn Japanese increases.

Japanese Program Director 
Dr. Junko Baba

The Japanese program is committed to more personalized instruction in classes that focus on developing speaking and listening as well as reading and writing proficiency. Instructors attend to the student's individual needs so that he or she can attain the greatest improvement in language ability. Students who are currently attending class enjoy small classes that enable them to concentrate on authentic Japanese practice.

For students who have studied Japanese at high schools or other Japanese programs, the USC Japanese program offers a placement test. Students who are measured as having a high Japanese language proficiency can earn an exemption from Japanese 121 and/or Japanese 122 (first year Japanese). Every year the placement test is given the week before the beginning of the fall/spring semester. Information regarding the specific date is available through our department.

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