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About the Program

Foothill College is one of the few community colleges in the United States to offer a major in Japanese language.

The study of Japanese is an excellent choice for students in the Bay Area since much business and trade is carried on with Japan by California industries.

The technology industry is especially interested in employing people who know Japanese. It is an excellent major or minor for those who plan to work in international business.


What you can do with a degree in Japanese

  • Language instructor
  • Working in the Japanese game industry
  • Bilingual localization associate for multinational corporations
  • Working in the Japanese tech industry such as Fujitus or Microsoft Japan

  • Translator & interpreter
  • Japanese-English customer service representative 
  • Working in the travel industry
  • Teaching English in Japan

Degree & Program Types

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts Degree


Foothill offers first year (JAPN 1, 2, 3) and second year (JAPN 4, 5, 6) Japanese as well as intermediate and advanced Japanese conversation (JAPN 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B).

In these courses, students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as knowledge of the Japanese culture.

Please go to our Faculty Website for more information on our program. 


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Please Contact Me!

Ikuko Tomita Rakow, Department Chair


Office 6601, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
Language Arts Division


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