President Waded Cruzado, a middle-aged woman in a blue suit, is pictured shaking the hand of a Japanese dignitary.

Japan Studies

In addition to a major of your choice, delve into Japanese language, culture and literature to use in teaching, interpretation, business or public service.

Japan Studies – Minor

In the Japan Studies program at Montana State, students learn the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in Japan professionally and personally. As an interdisciplinary program, Japan Studies students gain basic Japanese language proficiency and a broad knowledge of Japanese history, literature and civilization. Please note that the Japan Studies minor is not designed for teacher certification.



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Spencer Danserau '19, Modern Languages & Literature and Mechanical Engineering 



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Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Japan Studies students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Education
  • Civil Service
  • Law
  • Social Work

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.