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The study of Japanese at Waikato involves the acquisition of Japanese language and the study of the history and culture of Japan.

Christy Chan

Bachelor of Arts
Christy Chan is currently based in Japan, putting her degree to good use as an English teacher in a rural Japanese school.


Fiona Haiko

Bachelor of Arts
Fiona Haiko's last year at school was spent in Japan on a Rotary exchange, and that shaped her career. She came to Waikato unsure whether to study sciences or languages, but after a year in the Bachelor of Science (Technology) programme, switched to a Bachelor of Arts and made Japanese her focus.


Annuska Robinson

Bachelor of Arts
Annuska’s love of languages, in particular Japanese, remained with her from high school through to university, and now she is sharing that love with foreign language learners at schools in Japan.


Japan's 2000 year old civilisation boasts such achievements as the world's first novel and other rich contributions to the fine arts. Japan ("Nihon" – the Land of the Rising Sun) was the first Asian country to modernise, rivalling the West just forty years after making the decision to do so. It made remarkable recovery after World War II and has developed into one of the world's dominant economic forces. While this growth has been driven largely by the Japanese capacity for technological development, Japan is increasingly influential in international politics and the arts.

Japan is a major trading partner of New Zealand and there is a large Japanese business community here. New Zealand is a popular Japanese tourist destination and many of our more advanced students have been able to get holiday jobs tour-guiding. Studying Japan's fascinating culture and language continues to provide a valuable basis for a career and a stimulating insight into an important Asian country.

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

100 level

International Languages and CulturesINTL10115.0 Points
Japanese 1: Part AJAPA13115.0 Points
Japanese 1: Part BJAPA13215.0 Points

200 level

Work PlacementFASS29620.0 Points
East Asia: Tradition and ModernityINTL22120.0 Points
Traditional JapanJAPA20820.0 Points
Modern JapanJAPA20920.0 Points
Japanese 2: Part AJAPA23120.0 Points
Japanese 2: Part BJAPA23220.0 Points

300 level

Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Study Abroad 1INTL38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2INTL38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3INTL38220.0 Points
Directed StudyINTL39020.0 Points
Modern Japanese Popular Culture and MediaJAPA30720.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeJAPA32120.0 Points
Japanese 3: Part AJAPA33120.0 Points
Japanese 3: Part BJAPA33220.0 Points
Study Abroad 1JAPA38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2JAPA38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3JAPA38220.0 Points
Directed StudyJAPA39020.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Jap) and GradDip(Jap)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Japanese at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Jap), PGDip(Jap), BA(Hons) and MA.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Japanese papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all their undergraduate Japanese papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) in Japanese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally JAPA591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Japanese.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Japanese, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: Japanese pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all of their undergraduate Japanese papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Japanese (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA in Japanese vary depending on admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including JAPA502 and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

General Japanese for Graduate StudiesJAPA50130.0 Points
Japanese for Academic ResearchJAPA50230.0 Points
Special TopicJAPA52030.0 Points
Directed StudyJAPA59030.0 Points
DissertationJAPA59130.0 Points
DissertationJAPA59260.0 Points
Japanese ThesisJAPA59390.0 Points
Japanese ThesisJAPA594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Japanese MPhil ThesisJAPA800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Japanese PhD ThesisJAPA900120.0 Points

Japanese is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or supporting subject for the BA, as a specialisation (set out below), and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Japanese pathway within International Languages and Cultures major
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. For full details see International Languages and Cultures major.

Japanese language specialisation
Within the BA, BBA, BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a Japanese Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in Japanese is available. The aim of the specialisation is to provide students with an element of linguistic and cultural competence that better equips them for the professional and personal challenges of a globalised environment; as well as support the initiative to encourage the study of languages.

A specialisation in Japanese for the BA and BSocSc requires 60 points above 100 level in Japanese, made up of JAPA231, JAPA232 and JAPA331.

The point of entry into the Japanese programme depends on previous experience. Students with little or no previous experience will start with JAPA131. Students with 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Japanese, or good results in NCEA Level 2 Japanese should start from JAPA231. Students who are uncertain about where to start should contact the Convenor of Japanese.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: japa-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: japa-grad@waikato.ac.nz