The Japanese Language Program

Contact Information

 

Chair Timothy Van Compernolle (413) 542-2269
Director of Language Studies Wako Tawa (413) 542-7919
Department Coordinator Chris Williford (413) 542-5841

The Department

Voice (413) 542-5841

History of Amherst College and Japan

By Ray Moore In the 1870s, when Amherst College first encountered Japan, the Japanese were seeking knowledge from the West and Americans were trying to convert the world to Christianity. A key figure in the early contacts was Julius H. Seelye, professor and president (1876-1890), ordained minister in the Dutch Reform Church and a member of the American Board of Foreign Missions. In 1871 he welcomed to Amherst members of Japan’s Iwakura diplomatic mission, who were seeking a system of education to support the building a modern nation.

Yūshien

YūshienThe garden is located between Webster Hall and Kirby Theater. To visit the garden, use the western entrance of Webster and follow the signs leading to the garden's location. See Amherst College's campus map and driving directions.

The Asian Languages & Civilizations Major

Asian Languages and Civilizations

 

Asian Languages and Civilizations is an interdisciplinary exploration of the histories and cultures of the peoples of Asia. Through a systematic study of the languages, societies, and cultures of the major civilizations that stretch from the Arab World to Japan, we hope to expand knowledge and challenge presuppositions about this large and vital part of the world.

The Doshisha Asian Studies Prize

The Doshisha Asian Studies prize from the income of a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia. Recommendations are made by the Asian Languages and Civilizations Faculty for work that exemplifies an understanding of Asian culture in a liberal arts context.

The Language of Love: Gates Cambridge Scholar to Study Troubadour Narratives

Submitted on Friday, 7/11/2014, at 4:09 PM

Already an accomplished speaker, researcher and teacher of languages, Terrence Cullen ’13 is one of only 40 U.S. scholars to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.

Terrence Cullen '13