Center for Japanese Studies
Over the past two decades, the Center for Japanese Studies has become world renowned for its vibrant academic, business, and cultural programming. Each academic year, we bring to PSU some of the world’s foremost experts on Japan. The Center has helped launch many students into successful careers through introductions to our worldwide network of experts. We serve as a resource for the entire region, as we fundamentally increase our community’s understanding of Japan and its complexity.
PSU's CJS is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Internationally-recognized faculty offer courses in Japanese language, art, economics, geography, history, international management, literature and theater, and politics.
The CJS seeks to facilitate understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese American experience among students, faculty, and the greater Portland community through a variety of programs, that include lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and the performing arts.
Opportunities exist for non-traditional students to take a variety of courses about Japan, including Japanese language courses at PSU. Additionally, individuals over 65 years of age can audit courses at PSU for free on a space available basis.
The quality programming presented by the CJS is entirely dependent upon donations from generous community supporters, alumni, and grants. Every contribution is important and truly helps.
Thanks to the generosity of our community supporters, the Center for Japanese Studies sometimes is able to provide scholarships to students pursuing the study of the Japanese language abroad in Japan or at PSU.