The minor in Japanese conveys to students knowledge of the Japanese language on the basis of which they can communicate orally and in writing in day-to-day situations and progress to a degree of proficiency enabling them to independently access specialist literature. Students generally have no previous knowledge of the language when they begin their studies. As a result, this minor features an introduction to grammar and daily communication. As they progress, students are prepared for academic readings, which are necessary to understand intellectual life in Japan. The minor in Japanese must be combined with the BA in Asian Studies (major) within the profile Japanese Studies.

 In the first three semesters students acquire, through the basic modules, fundamental knowledge of grammar and communication skills and the writing systems. Practical language instruction is oriented toward the following overarching objectives: students should acquire the ability to communicate by individually acquiring knowledge; work through problems in groups; develop individual learning strategies; reflect on and steer their learning process in accordance with their personal and professional goals; and thoughtfully apply their acquired knowledge and skills towards self-directed learning.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.


Possible lines of work:

Intercultural communication, intercultural management, international development cooperation, peace and conflict research, international educational work (adult education, language courses, etc.), politics (policy consulting), culture (conservation/maintenance/management of global cultural heritage, cultural institutions, culture management, museums, etc.), tourism (long-distance, educational and cultural tourism), journalism, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Local NC (Uni Bonn)
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2021/2022 Wintersemester
Minimum grade: AVG: 2,5 | - | L
Minimum points: 26.5 PT. | - | -
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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