Most students who are studying Japanese language have a keen interest in the country where that language is spoken. The Monash Japanese Studies program offers students a major or minor in Japanese studies, as well as in Japanese language. It is a great advantage to do some units which allow you to learn about the culture and society of the country of the language you are studying, or more about the language and communication system itself. You can also include units in Asian studies, which have a broader regional focus, but include substantial content about Japan.
Because the Japanese and Asian Studies units are conducted entirely in English, you can study a variety of issues at greater depth than can be achieved in language classes. You can also study the issues at your current intellectual level, unrestricted by limited language. The Japanese Studies major is interdisciplinary, exposing you to a variety of academic approaches. It is an excellent preparation for Honours and for Postgraduate study in Japanese.
As an alternative to a full major or minor in Japanese studies, one or two units of Japanese studies at second or third year level can be taken as electives towards your language major, or towards your overall degree.