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We have an MA program in Japanese Pedagogy, and those with an MA in Japanese or a related field may seek a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics concentrating on Japanese.

Financial support

Currently, all graduate students in the department majoring in Japanese are supported by departmental assistantships. There are more than ten teaching assistantships available. They include a full tuition remission and a monthly salary of approximately $1,800 (2018 figure). The standard teaching load is 3 courses a year (1 in Fall, 2 in Spring or 2 in Fall, 1 in Spring). All teaching assistants are given a private desk in a shared office space.

Our graduates

All Ph.D. graduates that the Japanese faculty mentored have full-time jobs so far, many of them tenure-track. Naturally, we are very proud of them.


All inquiries about the Japanese graduate programs should be directed to Prof. Atsushi Fukada.

MA in Japanese (second language acquisition and pedagogy)

Students must be rated at ACTFL advanced high or higher in Japanese proficiency.

Required courses: (12 credit hours)

JPNS 521 Teaching Japanese
JPNS 594 Teaching Japanese Literature
JPNS 560 Japanese Linguistics
JPNS 679 Second Language Acquisition

Elective courses: (15 credit hours with thesis/18 credit hours without thesis)

Japanese literature & Culture

JPNS 543 Modern Japanese Popular Literature & Culture
JPNS 596 Postwar Japanese Cinema

Research Design and Measurement

LC/ENG 618 Research Design in Language and Linguistics
STAT 501 Experimental Statistics I

Second Language Acquisition

ENGL 618 Qualitative Research
ENGL 629 Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 630 Seminar in Second Language Writing
LC/JPNS 679 Bilingualism & Lang Acquisition
LC/JPNS 679 Research Design Study L2 Reading
LC/JPNS 679 Vocabulary and Reading in SLA
LC/JPNS 679 Classroom SLA
LC/JPNS 679 Corpus Linguistics SLA
LC/JPNS 679 Pragmatics

Language Testing

ENGL 674 Seminar in Language Testing

Language Curriculum

ENGL 516 Teaching ESL: Theoretical Foundations
ENGL 518 Teaching ESL: Principles and Practices

Computer-Assisted Language Learning/Information Technology

LC 596 Technological Literacy for FL teachers
LC 596 Introduction to Multi-Media Programming for FL Teaching


LC 596/LING 598 Introduction to Pragmatics
LC 596 Politeness in Language
LC/ENGL 565 Sociolinguistics
PSYC 526 Psycholinguistics
LING 511 Phonology I: Descriptive Analysis
LING 521 Syntax I: Syntactic Analysis
COM 612 Language & Gender
COM 682 Discourse Analysis

Thesis Course (3 credit hours)

JPNS 698 Thesis in Japanese

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