What will I study?


Take on subjects from Introduction to Japanese Communication and Reading Japanese Literature through to Social Problems in Japan and Japanese through the Media. You will also develop a broad understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects of Japan. Japanese Studies subjects such as Social Problems in Japan help you understand the complexity and diversity of the society, and challenge stereotypes.

Your course structure

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects (300-points), including at least one major. Most students study eight subjects each year (usually four subjects in each semester) for three years full-time, or the part-time equivalent.

Most Arts majors require 100 points of study (usually eight subjects) for attainment. This means out of your 300-point program, you have the opportunity to achieve two majors in your course.


Students completing a major or minor in Japanese Studies will need to complete a certain distribution of compulsory and elective subjects based on their entry point. The core subjects in Japanese are organised in a progressive sequence from Japanese 1 through to Japanese 8. Entry and exit points are determined by the Japanese Studies program based on the student’s background in the language, placement testing or prerequisites. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order

For more information on required subjects, view the Handbook entry for this course.


Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne curriculum. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of arts, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.

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