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Why Study Japanese?

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Some students may be interested in Japanese popular culture or majoring in Asian Studies, Engineering, Art or International Business.

Through the OU System, students may apply for study abroad in Japan at Waseda and  Aoyama U in Tokyo, Kansai Gaikokugo U in Osaka and Hokkaido U in their junior year.

Some students may wish to study Japanese language and culture as their heritage.

"Japanese is the fourth largest language used in the web."  Internet World Stats

"Every year, more than 2,000 undergraduates from North American colleges and universities spend a year, a semester, or a summer studying in Japan." Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources

Japanese Culture courses are counted at OSU as their diversity requirement.

Why Study Japanese at PCC?

2016 Asian Studies Focus Award Ceremony

The Japanese program at PCC boasts the second largest enrollment in the state for first and second year courses only after University of Oregon. All PCC Japanese courses are taught using an immersion method. The objective of all Japanese courses at PCC is to help students develop communicative competence and proficiency in comprehension, speaking, reading, writing Japanese and cultural awareness.

Students can take courses focused on Asia and earn the Asian Studies Focus Award, which shows prospective employers and transfer colleges a foundational focus on Asia. The skills acquired through learning Japanese language and culture will help acquire higher thinking skills, especially through comparative studies of language and culture between those of North America and Japan or Asia.

Japanese classes at PCC feature:

  • Language immersion with emphasis on speaking skills.
  • Supportive and fun classroom environment.
  • Instructors with Masters degrees, native/near-native fluency and several years of teaching experience.
  • Full integration of speaking, grammar, writing, listening and culture at every level.
  • Pair and small group activities during class every day.
  • Cost effective textbooks — which enable you to use for 4 terms (volume 1) & 2 terms (volume 2)
  • Free Japanese tutors, active Japan-related student clubs (Anime, board game Go, and Japan are the three most popular clubs on campus.)
  • Classrooms with computer podium, large screen and stereo system for viewing videos, as well as a new language computer lab for student and class use.
  • Course web pages and also online activities for extra practice at the free publisher website.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer