Japanese Language Program


The University of California, Irvine, is one of the campuses of the University of California system. The UCI campus was opened in 1965 but already has a considerable reputation as a research university, ranking among the top 50 universities in the US in polls.

The Department of East Asian Studies was founded in 1989, although some East Asian languages courses were taught before that time. At present, the department houses ten ladder-rank faculty and a roster of fifteen lecturers. Annual student enrollment in all classes has remained consistently at just over 2,000 students over the last five years. We offer undergraduate degrees in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Cultural Studies, as well as Ph.D. degrees in the same fields.

Our Japanese program is the largest among the three programs, with a total enrollment of approximately 300 students in all Japanese language classes this fall. About 40 students are Japanese Language and Literature majors; the remainder are taking courses in order to fulfill general education requirements or to develop language skills that will help them be competitive in an increasingly global job market.