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Japan Studies

Note: Information on this page applies to students who joined HKU in 2020 or earlier. Students who joined HKU in 2021 or later should consult the Japanese Studies Handbook 2020–21 for details of the the current requirements.

Japan Studies is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at giving students a broad-based education on Japan—its language, culture, history, society, economy, governance, environment, and people. The programme combines the perspectives and curricular strengths of a variety of disciplines, including literature, linguistics, art history, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, politics, international relations, economics, journalism and popular culture. Graduates will be prepared to enter a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors in which a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of Japan is essential to success.

Requirements for the Major in Japanese Studies (Japan Studies Programme)

Students in the major are required to complete 72 credits of courses.

Prerequisites (18 credits)
Core courses (12 credits)
Elective courses (36 credits)
Capstone experience course (6 credits)

Requirements for the Minor in Japanese Culture

Students seeking to complete the Minor in Japanese Culture in the programme of Japan Studies must complete 36 credits of courses in their Second, Third and Fourth years.

Prerequisite course (6 credits)
Interdisciplinary elective courses (30 credits)​

Please see Japanese Studies Handbook 2020-2021 for details.

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