About our Program

The Chinese and Japanese Studies Program provides an outstanding opportunity for students to focus their study on this important area of the world, by examining the culture, history, and society of China and Japan, in addition to developing proficiency in the Chinese or Japanese language.  This interdisciplinary program combines essential training in language and culture with a variety of hands-on opportunities for research and cross-cultural interaction perfect for students considering careers in education, business, or government related to East Asia.

Areas of Study
Program Highlights

Three program options are open to students who are interested in pursuing Chinese and Japanese studies as a part of their degree at Valparaiso University.

  • Students can graduate with a B.A. in Chinese and Japanese Studies by fulfilling a 46 credit hours within the program.  
  • Students who chose to major in another field of study can complement that field with a secondary major in Chinese and Japanese Studies by fulfilling a 33 credit hour complementary major.
  • An 18 credit minor in Chinese and Japanese Studies is also available to complement a wide range of majors including those in the professional schools.

Program Highlights:

  • The program is open to students with a wide range of backgrounds, levels of language experience, and interests.
  • The majors and minor seek to provide well-rounded training that includes basic skills in language in addition to valuable knowledge of the history, culture, and politics of the region.  This broad preparation is essential for the range of global careers in contemporary society.
  • Almost all CJS majors spend time in either China or Japan as a part of their curriculum while at Valparaiso University.  Students are especially encouraged to spend an extended period in a study abroad program at Zhejiang University in China or Kansai Gaidai in Japan, where they gain invaluable hands-on experience and language training while fulfilling credits towards their CJS major at Valparaiso University.
  • Our majors have many opportunities to engage in practical cross-cultural learning through internships in the US or overseas, courses and cultural events on campus, and interactions with international students on campus.

Contact Information

Jennifer Prough, Ph.D.
Mueller Hall, 134
1300 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 4638
Phone: 219.464.5492
Fax: 219.464.5159