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What will I learn?

After completing courses in Japanese, you will be able to:

  • communicate at an elementary level through speaking, listening, reading, and writing for everyday communication
  • understand various aspects of Japanese culture
  • write Japanese characters in correct stroke order and shapes
  • write in Japanese, using basic to complex sentence structures necessary for use in everyday life
  • confidently speak Japanese with correct pronunciation and intonation

What is the occupational outlook?

The occupational outlook can be a wide range of careers in which Japanese language and knowledge of Japan are required. Career opportunities may include information work, publishing, education, and translation in business or government service.

The jobs for interpreters and translators in Japanese, in both business and government service, are predicted to grow faster than the average of all occupations through 2016.1

What are my options?

You can earn credits in Japanese at HCC which might transfer to a four year school.

Through successful completion of JAPN 202, you are able to meet the foreign language requirement in a variety of degree programs.

You can take Japanese courses to develop your ability to speak, read, listen, and write in Japanese.

You can take Japanese courses to explore a culture of an oriental nation with thousands of years of history, to prepare yourself for a future Japan-related study or career, or just to broaden your thinking and perceptions in order to appreciate the diversity of other people.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Interpreters and Translators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm (visited April 24, 2008)