Rediscover Okinawan (Ryukyuan) and Japanese culture, and share your discoveries with the world!
In the Department of Japanese Language and Culture, students study a wide range of cultural topics related to Okinawa and Japan, including language, literature, and the performing arts. Students also learn to improve various other skills needed to share Okinawan and Japanese culture with the increasingly globalized world of today: information and communications technology (ICT) skills, the ability to understand local communities, and foreign-language communication skills. In addition, with the goal of becoming language professionals, students undergo repeated training in reading, writing, and speaking, so that they acquire cultural knowledge, critical thinking and expression skills, and a capacity for self-realization. As a result, they become self-reliant and productive adults, professionals, and world citizens.Department Characteristics
The department provides students with a broad-based and in-depth study of the cultures of Okinawa (Ryukyu) and Japan, and helps them acquire the knowledge, skills, and sensibility needed to describe and share that knowledge with the global community.
- Students study the language, literature, and performing arts of Okinawa and Japan.
- Students learn to research, read, evaluate, and express their ideas through active learning and individualized instruction in small-group seminars.
- At the Writing Center, students can receive one-to-one instruction on their writing.
- Students acquire basic adult skills, ICT skills, and the linguistic skills needed to competently deal with any situation that might arise in a business setting.
- Students can receive training to become reputable and accomplished junior high or high school teachers.
- Students can receive training to become Japanese-language teachers who are effective in this era of globalization and multiculturalism.
- The department offers the only library and information science seminar in the prefecture for training students to become library specialists.