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Japanese B.A. and Minor

The Japanese Program offers Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Japanese. The BA program in Japanese places emphasis on the development of communicative skills in Japanese and offer in-depth study of Japanese literature and civilization.  Study of the language gives students direct access to the Japanese people, their literature, and their civilization. Knowledge of a culture so different from those found in North America broadens intellectual horizons and enables students to better understand and interact with members of contemporary Japanese society.

A Minor in Japanese is available for students majoring in other fields or those with an interest in East Asia in general. It may be of particular interest to students studying history, international relations, other languages and literatures, business, or technology, as well as to those seeking employment with the government or international agencies.

Please see the University Catalog for more information about BA and Minor in Japanese.

Click on the links below to download the forms for each program.

The 19th Cal State L.A. Japanese Speech Contest
Saturday, February 27, 2016

California State University, Los Angeles will be hosting a Japanese Speech Contest from 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Cal State L.A. The contestants should be non-native speakers of Japanese and current students of the Japanese language at high schools, two-year colleges, and universities, who have not lived in Japan for more than two consecutive years after the age of 6. Each contestant will deliver a speech from memory on a topic of his or her choice, and the time limit of the speech will be less than 7 minutes. The selection of 25 contestants will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until the limit of 25 is reached. Prizes include gift certificates redeemable at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Additional prizes are contingent upon funding. Please click here to download an entry form (Word file). Applications must be submitted by the instructors. For more information, please contact:  Dr. Toshiko Yokota, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032; Phone: (323) 343-4277; Fax: (323) 343-4234; E-mail:

Japanese Speech Contest Photo 2015
Photo: The 18th CSULA Japanese Speech Contest 2015 (Saturday, February 28, 2015)