Japanese has become one of the most widely taught foreign languages in the United States. It has assumed critical importance in a wide range of professions and interests, from politics and diplomacy to business, education and cutting-edge technology. But the recent growth of the Pacific Rim as an economic and technological giant in world affairs has spurred a fascination with the region's cultures as well as a practical interest in its languages. Hamilton serves both these needs through a minor in Japanese, offered through the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department.
The study of Japanese at Hamilton emphasizes language proficiency while introducing students to Japanese literature, film, culture and society. The program provides rigorous, intensive training in reading, writing and speaking Japanese. Upper-level courses are conducted entirely in Japanese.