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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Language and International Trade - Japanese | BA

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There are approximately 500 Japanese American companies operating in the state of Michigan. These companies are always in need of workers with distinct professional language skills and in-depth knowledge of transcultural competences. EMU’s Japanese and international trade (LIT) major is designed to integrate the study of modern Japanese language and culture with a business minor. One semester of study abroad in Japan is required.  


A Japanese and international trade (LIT) major program provide the skills and knowledge needed to function in a global professional environment. You will learn to communicate and negotiate with people and clients who speak Japanese. Students are advised to select a business minor from the available list. The program requires learning experiences abroad and offers optional local and international internships particularly with the Japan Center for Michigan University in Shiga, Japan.


Alumni with a degree in Japanese and International Trade (LIT) routinely work in international companies such as the Japanese American Automotive industry, Japanese American Logistics industry in varied roles in sales, administration, and accounting.

Department Information

World Languages, College of Arts & Sciences

Jeff Popko, Ph.D. | Department Head | 219 Alexander | 734.487.0130 |

Advisor Information

Motoko Tabuse | Professor | 318 Alexander | 734.487.2351 |

General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here  or print a General Education Worksheet  

Major Requirements: 60-63 hours

The major in language and international trade is designed to integrate the study of modern foreign languages and cultures with preparation in the field of international business.

Additional Required Business Courses: 6 hours

Language and Area Studies Courses: 30 hours

Depending on initial placement, students may need to take up to 16 additional credit hours of 100- and 200-level classes in the language before they can begin courses required in the major.

One option from the following:

Option I: Geography and History: 6 hours

  • One 300/400 level GEOG course of the geography of Japan.
  • One 300/400 level HIST course of the history of Japan.
Option II: Geography and Foreign Language: 6 hours

  • One 300/400 level GEOG course of the geography of Japan.
  • One additional 300/400 level JPNE course.
Option III: History and Foreign Language: 6 hours

  • One 300/400 level HIST course of the history of Japan.
  • One additional 300/400 level JPNE course.

Business Minor: 21 hours

Students must complete requirements for a minor in an operational area of business of their choosing. These areas include: economics, marketing, management, accounting, finance, business computer systems and general business, among others. Special combinations of business courses equivalent to a minor are possible in consultation with an advisor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.


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