About the Program
Our School offers undergraduate courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, civilization, and film. We provide instruction in the target languages as well as some courses in English, in face to face, online, and blended formats, and instruction for heritage speakers of Chinese and Spanish.
Language clubs and honorary societies, guest lectures, international film series, coffee and tea conversation hours, and theater performances help enhance our students’ knowledge and experience of other languages and cultures.
SLC faculty members cover a richly diverse range of research areas and have received international acclaim for their scholarship, as well as many prestigious teaching awards for their performance in the classroom. The following notable scholarly publications are edited by faculty and staff in the department: Proceedings of the Japanese Literary Studies (PAJLS), Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures (PSRL); and Global Business Languages.
One of SLC’s strengths lies in its offerings of classes in languages for specialized purposes. These classes equip students with the practical communication skills they will need for using the target language while studying or traveling abroad, participating in internships, or preparing for globally oriented career paths. Such classes include business and scientific language classes at various levels and languages, as well as Medical Spanish and Spanish for the Professions. Certificates of achievement in languages for specialized purposes are in development and will give students tangible documentation of their practical language coursework; for an example, click here to view the one already available in German.
SLC is home to the Confucius Institute at Purdue (CIP). CIP strives to promote the understanding of China by initiating and fostering Chinese language and cultural programs at Purdue and the community. In particular, CIP provides language and cultural education in business, engineering, community engagement and K-12 language education.
The Center for Technology-Enhanced Language Learning and Instruction (TELL Center) supports technology-oriented research and development applicable to foreign language instruction. The Center is committed to disseminating and sharing research results and developed products through a variety of channels for the betterment of the field of foreign language education. The Center has developed an online speaking practice/assessment/research platform, Speak Everywhere. It has been fully commercialized by e-Language Learning LLC and is available world-wide. For inquiries, use the Inquiry/Support link of the product website.”
Summary of Program Requirements
The Summary of Program Requirements for Japanese is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.
Detailed Program Requirements
Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.
Languages & Cultures-BA
A minimum GPA of “B” (3.0/4.0) in the major is required for the student to graduate with a Japanese major. No Departmental credit beyond JPNS 20200 or credit by exam may be counted toward the major.