The Department of Japanese Studies aims to cultivate professional human resources who can understand and utilize the Japanese language and culture, which is expanding in political and economic influence in the era of internationalization.
This department allows students to acquire comprehensive knowledge of Japanese society, culture, history, politics, and its economy through systematic Japanese language studies. It also fosters regional experts through a comprehensive and practical education with various programs such as student exchange programs that equip students with knowledge and experience.
- In the 1st and 2nd-year curriculum, the intensive Japanese language education courses are provided to lay the foundation for linguistic abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- In the 3rd and 4th-year curriculum, courses are offered in various areas such as Japanese literature, history, politics, economics, and social studies; and the students are provided with general knowledge of Japan.
- Students with excellent Japanese proficiency can take courses for the 3rd and 4th year early and continue their studies at sister universities in Japan through student exchange programs to provide opportunities for hands-on experiences to learn Japanese and Japanese culture.
- The program is equipped with a multimedia learning room and real-time foreign language education programs that can be used to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing using the latest language equipment.
Customized Career Counseling
- We provide career guidance for each student's career design through a 1:1 customized career guidance program.
- Through career counseling with students, professors give them chances to expand the range of possible careers by highlighting possible minors and multiple majors according to individual aptitudes and future goals.
Practical Career Preparation
- By actively utilizing on/off-campus career support programs, students can gain opportunities to experience the entire process of employment, from filling in an application form to attending final interviews.
- Students interested in the same and similar fields can form study groups to prepare for the employment process, share information, and obtain job qualifications information. They also can receive support for the exam fees that are reimbursed when taking exams for official language proficiency.
- Each year, staff and students participate in various job information and employment support programs for students by conducting practical programs such as excellent company visits, job fairs, and field experiences in the industry.
Career Options after Graduation
Graduates specializing in Japanese studies can fulfill their dreams and contribute to society and national development by utilizing their language skills and understanding of Japanese culture in various fields, as listed below.
Potential Career Fields
- Korean Companies Graduates can engage in business planning-marketing-analysis, public document translation, and interpretation at the large corporations such as POSCO, Cheil Industries Inc., Samsung Engineering, GS Caltex, LG Chem, Lotte Chemical, DAE SHIN plant construction Co., Ltd., etc.
- Public Enterprise Graduates can take charge of the duties of developing international trade skills and Japan tourism projects with Japan or enticing Japanese tourists to travel to Korea and can also perform translation or interpretation of international documents after entering public institutions such as the Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority or Korea Tourism Organization.
- Japanese Companies: Graduates can engage in the duties of translation and interpretation of documents, preparing official documents and also establish planning and marketing businesses after entering Paju Electric Glass Co., Ltd., Nisso Namhae Agro Inc., Idemitsu, Hitachi Ltd., JR Kyushu (railway company), and other companies.
- Tourism Sector: Graduates can take charge of the duties of translation or interpretation of official documents, hotel management, conference guide, etc. after entering the tourism-related organizations such as Modetour, Maison Glad Jeju Hotel, Yeosu Sono Calm Hotel, Yeosu Venezia Hotel & Resort, Hanwha Aqua Planet (Yeosu), Imperial Palace Seoul Hotel, etc.
- Graduate School: Graduates can be researchers who conduct in-depth research on Japanese language and culture by entering graduate school either at home or overseas such as Osaka University Graduate School, Gyeongsang National University Graduate School, Chonnam National University Graduate School, etc. and even obtain a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
- Official language proficiency tests: Language related qualifications such as JPT and JLPT.
- Job-related qualifications for translators, interpreters, tour guides, and hotel employees.
- Teacher’s Certificate (Japanese).