Learning Japanese is not just language learning. Since the way Japanese think is inextricably woven into their language, it is also a doorway to a new world. In elementary courses speaking, listening, reading and writing are equally emphasized. Advanced courses allow students to enjoy modern Japanese poetry and short stories in the original and discuss them in Japanese. Students may petition for a special major in Japanese or they may focus on the study of the language or literature as Asian Studies majors.
For more information, see the Asian Languages and Literatures department site.