Programs and Resources Related to Japanese Studies at Stony Brook University
Minor in Japanese Studies
The general goal of the minor in Japanese studies is to help students understand the specific characteristics of Japanese culture and civilization through courses in literature, religion, history, and language. Many of the students who minor in Japanese Studies go to Japan on various exchange programs to learn more about the country and to prepare themselves for graduate school or for careers in business and government.
Japanese Language Courses
We have a number of Japanese language courses ranging from beginner's level to advanced level.
Teacher Education for Japanese
Stony Brook University has an undergraduate teacher education program in Japanese that leads to New York State initial teaching certification and the B.A. degree in Asian and Asian American Studies: Adolescent Education –Japanese, Grades 7 – 12.
Study Abroad and International Exchange
The International Academic Programs (IAP) office has been offering a number of study abroad / exchange programs with Chiba University, Kyoto Sangyo University, Nihon University, Okayama University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and Waseda University for many years. These programs are well established and extremely beneficial for the Japanese Studies minors.
Short Program: http://www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad/shorts_japan.html
Long Program: http://www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad/long_japan.html
The Tentaroh Inoh Collection
Stony Brook Library acquired the Tentaroh Inoh Collection for Japanese Studies in 2007. The collection has about 70,000 volumes of rare and valuable Japanese books on history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, archeology, religion, linguistics, and political science, including numerous reference books.
The Japan Center at Stony Brook
The Japan Center at Stony Brook was established in 2003. It has been organizing numerous educational events and programs related to Japan. The annual Canon essay competition is one of the Japan Center’s programs and has greatly raised the visibility of our university’s Japanese programs in the New York Metropolitan area.
The Pre-College Japanese Program
The Pre-College Japanese Program was established as a part of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies in 2004 in order to offer Japanese language courses for local community residents. Near 50 students are enrolled in this program every year.
Challenge Exams are available for Japanese language courses through Academic Advising Office.
Stony Brook offers four years of Japanese language courses:
Taiko Tides, a club for Japanese taiko drumming, consists of American students, Japanese American students, and international students from Japan on campus, supervised by faculty members at Stony Brook with the help of dedicated volunteer instructors, has been serving as one of the most important extra-curricular activities that can teach Japanese traditional culture and art at Stony Brook. They have been performing many venues on Long Island.
Long Island Japanese Association
Long Island Japanese Association is a community organization that mostly consists of Japanese and Japanese American residents on Long Island. Faculty members of the Japanese Studies have been co-directing this organization with local community resident volunteers for over 20 years. They organize meetings every year and maintain a group e-mailing system for the members.
Japanese Students Organization (JSO)
Japanese Students Organization, a student organization at Stony Brook, has been supervised by faculty members in the Japanese Studies Program. They organize Japanese cultural events at Student Activity Center every year.