The mission of the Department of Japanese is to offer a variety of flexible courses and programs to meet a variety of social needs, and educate students to be highly qualified citizens with advanced language skills and a global sense.
The Department of Japanese, originally the Department of Eastern Languages, was established in 1966, and has been offering courses on the Japanese language, economy, politics, and cultural study of Japan. Because of rapid increase of students studying Japanese and Japanese culture and society at Tamkang University, the Department started to offer two freshman classes in 1973. In 1985, the Department of Eastern Languages was renamed the Department of Japanese. With a continuous growth of student number, the Department of Japanese presently accepts about 240 undergraduates every year in three day-time classes (about 180 students) and one nigh-time class (about 60 students). The Department has also been offering the M.A. degree since 2006.
The Department of Japanese was the first department at Tamkang University to set up one-year study abroad programs with partner universities in Japan. Every year, approximately fifty students participate in the programs and study in Japan for one academic year.
The Department of Japanese has a number of Japanese textbooks, academic journals, audio and video teaching materials about Japanese and Japanese culture and society. Students and faculty can watch Japanese live TV programs at any time by a new satellite system. Students can also freely use the Internet web-browsing and Japanese word-processing software any time with computers on new Japanese operating system.