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Placement & Advising in Japanese

If you want to major in Japanese, you should declare your major when you register for classes on line. You can speak to an advisor before OR after you declare your major. If you don’t choose an advisor, one will be assigned to you by the Department of Foreign Languages. You can schedule an appointment with a Faculty Advisor by calling or emailing at any time.


Jon Holt, Ph.D..
Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature

Contact Information:
Phone: 503-725-3522

Suwako Watanabe (1990) Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese. Ph.D. 1991
Georgetown University

Contact Information:
Phone: 503-725-5284

Patricia J.Wetzel (1984) Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese Ph.D 1984.
Cornell University

Contact Information:
Phone: 503-725-5277


If you are taking a class in Japanese for the first time and have background from another Japanese language program, it is best to schedule a placement interview just to be sure that you are in the right class. The faculty will make a recommendation based on the interview. You may be encouraged to sign up for “individualized instruction” which assigns credit for your attendance in only part of a regular class or classes. Keep in mind that you might also place in the middle of a sequence and have to wait a term before starting classes.

Placement for Japanese classes Fall term 2013 will be available starting September 1, 2013. Please email (if you think you are 1st or 2nd year) or (if you think you are 3rd or 4th year). You can also call 503-725-5277 to set up an appointment. When you contact us, please give your preferred date and time. And please include information on your background in Japanese language study.