UW Japan Studies Program


This website is your portal to UW programs specific to Japan and Japanese, as well as your source for information on UW Japan events, faculty, news, and other resources.

The study of Japan has entered its second century at the University of Washington, and we continue to pursue our mission of fostering greater understanding of Japan and its relationship with the global community, while preparing students to pursue their professional goals and become better global citizens. Courses on Japan are taught across the university in architecturebusinesshistory, language and literature, linguistics, politics, society and civilization, political economy, and law.

The areas below represent degree programs with a focus on Japan.

AREA STUDIES – Japan Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies offers B.A., M.A., and beginning in 2012,  Ph.D. program in international studies with a focus on Japan and a broad interdisciplinary approach centering around the social sciences.

BUSINESS– At the Michael G. Foster School of Business undergraduate students may earn a Certificate of International Studies in Business with a focus on Japan. The certificate program is  available to students who have applied to, and been accepted to the Foster School of Business undergraduate program.

LANGUAGE and LITERATURE – The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Japanese linguistics, literature, film, and visual culture, as well as teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced Japanese language to approximately 400 students each year.

LAW – The Asian Law Center is a preeminent international center for the study of Asian, International, and Development Law which encompasses both a major research program that includes the sponsorship of a variety of symposia, workshops, and cooperative research projects involving scholars around the globe and an extensive instructional program for J.D., LL.M., and Ph.D. candidates.