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Pacific-Asian Studies ( Japanese )

Pacific-Asian Studies ( Japanese )

The Pacific - Asian Studies Program offers three tracks in Chamorro Studies, East Asian Studies and Japanese Studies.  Each track is built on traditional UOG strengths, and covering overlapping linguistic, economic, historical, cultural, and philosophical areas, which can be investigated in varying emphases depending upon the individual student’s interests and goals. Profiting from Guam’s close geographical proximity and strong socio-economic interconnections to the objects of its study, this cultural studies program enables robust studies of the languages, civilizations, and societies of Japan, China, Korea, and neighboring areas. While aiming to recognize and clarify the unique characteristics of each Pacific-Asian society, the program rests on the traditional conviction of liberal, humanistic education, that each of these regions constitutes part of the common human heritage. 

The Japanese Studies track offers basic knowledge for understanding of and interaction with the people of Japan. The students study the language, history, politics, culture, and other aspects of Japan. This implies a special knowledge and appreciation of the relations of Japan with other countries of the Pacific basin. The students will be encouraged to attend courses taught in Japan, when possible.


The Pacific Asia Studies Program has the following program student learning objectives:

  1. To develop confidence in at least one Pacific-Asian language. This includes traditional skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and also familiarity with the technological mediums of internet navigation, word processing, and email.
  2. To demonstrate general knowledge of the historical, cultural, political, religious, and / or political dimensions of the region, whether past or present. This includes the unique discourse methods and communication styles present in the region.
  3. To develop skills for effective intercultural communication with the peoples of the region.
  4. To cultivate sound analytic and reasoning skills, as applied to and derived from studies of the region.



(Total: 44 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (32 credit hours): 20 credit hours in Japanese selected from courses numbered JA101, JA102, JA105, JA106, JA201, JA202, JA301, JA302, and JA401 and JA402; 6 credit hours in history selected from among HI371, HI372, HI474, HI478 and HI480 (when Japan or the relationship between Japan and one or more of its East Asian neighbors is the topic/problem of study); 3 credit hours in PS304 and three credit hours in Japanese culture selected from among AR322, CO310, PI103, PI480 (when Japanese Philosophy is the topic of study) PI486 (when Japan is the destination) and EN470 (when Japanese literature is the topic of study).

Electives (12 credit hours): Selected from among the above listed not used as required courses, transfer credits (when the primary focus is Japan) and BA341 and special courses (-90 series pertinent to Japan).



(Total: 29 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (17 credit hours): 8 credit hours in Japanese; 6 credit hours in HI372 and HI474; 3 credit hours in Japanese culture selected from among those identified above in requirements for the major.

Electives (12 credit hours): These may be selected from among any of the courses identified as electives from the major, except that no more than 6 credit hours may be language courses.

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Japanese?

  1. Adult Educators
  2. Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers
  3. Interpreters
  4. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  5. Postsecondary Teachers
  6. Translators