Major in Japanese Language and Literature

1. Introduction
  Native Japanese speakers and Korean teachers who have studied in Japan teach listening, writing, speaking, and reading as well as the principles of the Japanese language. In addition to linguistic skills, students have an opportunity for in-depth study of Japanese literature and culture by learning traditional customs such as the traditional tea ceremony and Kabuki, as well as contemporary aspects such as animation and movies.


2. History
  Beginning as the Department of Japanese Education in 1973, the name was changed to the Department of Japanese Language and Literature in 1982 and to the Department of Japanese Literature in 1997. The department has earned an excellent reputation, as graduates have thrived both in Korea and Japan.
  Since 1977 many graduates have played important roles in numerous fields including education, broadcasting, interpretation, diplomacy, business and international affairs.


3. Opportunities for Graduates
   Career opportunities related to the department cover a wide range of fields, from companies and the media, to schools and international offices. Postgraduate study or study in Japan on government scholarships, is also possible. Graduates can also teach or be tour guides for the increasing number of Japanese tourists visiting Korea. Finally, through the JET program, students have a chance to work in public offices or middle and high schools in Japan as assistant teachers.


4. Training Programs in Japan
   The department provides students with diverse exchange programs that encourage them to learn the Japanese language, gaining a high degree of fluency and accuracy and increased knowledge of language, literature and culture.

   1) Semester Program in Japan
   The Semester Program in Japan awards credits for study in Japan, alongside Japanese students. The program is designed to increase communication skills and includes an intensive language element.
Participants pay the same amount of tuition as at Keimyung University, with no additional fees and moderate room and board costs. The program gives students more opportunities to participate in various activities and events with Japanese people, to experience more of the culture and society and thus expand insight into how the Japanese people think and live. The partner school is Baikogakuin University.
   2) Student Exchange Program
   This program accepts credits earned from affiliated universities while students live and study in Japan for a year. Universities affiliated with Keimyung University are Aoyamagakuin, Momoyama, Tsukuba, Syudo, Baiko, Ryukyu, Meiyo and Shiga.
   3) Summer Language Training in Japan
   Affiliated universities provide a credit-intensive language training course to Korean students for three to four weeks. JPT 450 scores, which is needed for students (except for freshmen) studying Japanese literature as their core major, a double major and minor, and other majors, is the lowest grade to be acknowledged for credit. Participating universities are Gakusyuin University in Tokyo and Momoyama gakuin University.


5. Other Programs for Language Training
   Special scholarships for JIKU students
   JIKU House is a dormitory where Japanese is exclusively spoken. Students also take compulsory language classes from native speakers in the mornings and evenings for which they earn three credits per semester.

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