Students may construct a special major in Japanese, featuring intensive study in Japanese language, literature, and culture. Japanese special majors will complete their coursework through a combination of study at Swarthmore, courses at Haverford College or Bryn Mawr College, and study abroad. Students interested in a Japanese special major or minor should consult with the section head of Japanese as soon as possible.
Students seeking a broader exposure to East Asian society and culture may consider a Japanese concentration within the Asian Studies major. Students who wish to concentrate on linguistics rather than Japanese literature and culture may construct a Special Major in Japanese Language and Linguistics, with a combination of advanced language study at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College, study abroad, and courses and seminars in the Linguistics Program at Swarthmore College. Students wishing to pursue this possibility should consult with the Japanese section head.