While serving as head of world languages and as a French teacher at West Lafayette High School, Steve Ohlhaut helped his students make connections with foreign students by developing a writing and travel exchange with a high school in France.
Japan has a rich cultural history and is a world leader in the automobile and technology industries. Studying Japanese opens the door to opportunities in some of the fastest growing fields on the global stage. The Japanese major at Purdue University offers students a wide variety of coursework in Japanese language, literature, and culture, including exciting elective courses on cultural topics such as East Asian cuisine and music.
Upon completion of the program, Language & Culture majors may choose graduate school or employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their field. Student experiences have included:
- Foreign Service
- Technology Industry
- International Business and Communication
- Law Professional
- Translator / Interpreter
- Intelligence Analyst
- Study Abroad Liaison
- Japanese Language Teaching Professional
- Title I ESL Instructional Assistant
- ESL Teacher (domestic and abroad)
- Graduate or Professional School
All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.
Research in recent years confirms the many cognitive benefits of learning a second language. In addition, Japanese majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:
- A global/cultural awareness of the social and political relationships that shape the world.
- Understanding of different cultures and countries, cultivated both by study abroad opportunities and on-campus curricular and co-curricular experiences.
- Ability to communicate and work productively with diverse groups of people.
- Aptitude at translating messages simultaneously into specified languages, maintaining message, content, context, and style as much as possible.
- Experience reading written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewriting material into specified languages.
- Ability to plan, execute, and disseminate research findings from different vantage points.
Languages and Cultures majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: