Our department serves two majors: Japanese Studies — one track concentrating on culture, the other on language and linguistics; and Comparative Language and Linguistics, a study of Japanese in combination with other languages.
Outside the classroom, Earlham offers Japan House, a residential theme house for students, that hosts cultural workshops and lectures. We also have a Japanese Garden, a Tea Ceremony room, and the student-run spring festival Harumatsuri.
Our students foster Japanese/English language study fellowship and mutual understanding by interacting with the Waseda International Students at Earlham (WISE), a one-year exchange program for students from Waseda University in Tokyo.
Our alumni have pursued graduate studies as Japanese/Asia/international specialists. They have used their Japanese language skills in careers in a variety of fields.