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Japanese Studies (Minor)

Established in 1966, the Japanese Studies Program (JSP) is the first Japanese Studies Program in the Philippines and the first among the international studies programs of Ateneo de Manila University. The Program is the Ateneo’s response to the changes in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the university’s articulation of the Philippine response to those changes. These are reflected in its Minor in Japanese Studies Certificate Program, offered to all undergraduates, regardless of their major. The Minor in Japanese Studies is a program of study that includes Japanese language proficiency and introductory courses on Japan. Most of the courses center on Japan: history, government, politics, management, society, economy, films, literature and arts. Some take on a comparative approach, while others situate Japan in the international milieu.

Students who minor in Japanese Studies have various options after graduation. They may decide to pursue further studies by taking up a Master’s degree in Japanese Studies, also offered by the JSP or, they may opt to study in Japan. With their language ability, academic background about Japan, and their areas of specialization, students should find it easy to apply to the various scholarships available. They will also be in demand for work in areas of diplomacy, management, entrepreneurship, research, culture and the arts, information technology, communications, and teaching, as well as in various sectors such as NGOs, international organizations, business, and the government.

The Japanese Studies Program aims to develop graduates with a global outlook and a keen understanding and appreciation of their culture and the other cultures with which they interact. Because of this, graduates with a minor in Japanese Studies are highly competitive, uniquely advantaged, and relevant in almost any area of work.
MA Japanese Studies

This graduate degree program offered by the Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University is designed to provide a broad understanding of the Japanese people, their culture, historical development and contemporary problems.

The program is designed to interact with discipline-based programs of the graduate school, namely, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. The program has the following objectives:

- To contribute to the deepening of scholarly knowledge about Japan

- To form specialists on Japan with a high level of practical and intellectual competence needed in the economy, public service, media and education and who can address the growing economic and political importance of the Asia-Pacific region

- To create a tradition of Japanese Studies in the country of the highest quality


Scholarships are available to highly qualified students:
1. The Japan Foundation Graduate Scholarship
2. 50% tuition discount for teachers outside of the Ateneo de Manila University
3. Graduate study grants for faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University
4. Tuition scholarship of the Ateneo Scholarship Fund (ASF)


1. Required Courses (18 units)
JSP 200 Foundations of Japanese Studies
JSP 203 Japanese History
JSP 204 Japanese Politics
JSP 205 Japanese Society
JSP 206 Japanese Economy
JSP 207 Modernization of Japan

2. Area of Specialization (12 units)

• Economics

JSP 201E Statistics for Economists
JSP 202E Research Methods in Economics
JSP 220E Macroeconomic Theory
JSP 221E Microeconomic Theory

• History

JSP 201H Statistics for Historians
JSP 202H Research Methods in History
JSP 240H Historiography
JSP 241H Research Projects in Japanese History

• Political Science

JSP 201P Statistics for Political Scientists
JSP 202P Research Methods in Political Science
JSP 230P Theory and Practice of Policy Studies
JSP 231P Dynamics of Philippines-Japan Relations

• Sociology

JSP 201S Statistics for Sociologists
JSP 202S Research Methods in Sociology
JSP 210S Sociological Theory
JSP 211S Strategies of Research

3. Comprehensive Examination

4. Thesis Writing (6 units)

5. Japanese Language Proficiency Requirement

The student may show proof of his proficiency in the Japanese language by passing a written and oral examination to be given by the Japanese Studies Program twice a year or by showing a certificate of proficiency (at least level 4) from the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ).

The Japanese Studies Program submits to the Registrar a certificate of the Japanese Language Proficiency of the student based on:
(a) the results of the written and oral examination, or
(b) the AIEJ certification presented by the student.


To qualify for admission to the degree program, the applicant must have:

1. a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college of good standing
2. a general average of 85 percent, “B“ or 2
3. acceptable scores in the entrance tests administered by the Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment of Ateneo de Manila University
4. an interview with the Japanese Studies Program Director.

Applicants who fail to meet some of the above requirements may still be admitted on a non-degree basis, upon the university’s discretion.

Foreign students must satisfy the requirements established by the Office of Student Services of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Bureau of Immigration.

All courses are offered at the Loyola Heights campus. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon, early evening or on Saturdays.


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