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Mat Ryohei Matsuda
Associate Professor in Asian Studies (Japanese Studies)
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
The minor in Japanese focuses on Japanese language, pre-modern and modern Japanese literature, popular culture, society, history, and religion. Requirements for the minor include:
The minor is specially designed to allow for substituting Japanese courses you may take while on an off-campus study program. The minor allows for substitution of appropriate 200-level or 300-level courses in Japanese language or area studies from Waseda University, Kansai Gaidai University, Akita International University, or an accredited Japanese college or university, including summer schools. In addition, you have the opportunity to conduct an independent study course as part of pursuing either minor in Japanese.
If you study Japanese at Knox, you're likely to meet Doraemon, who is quite literally the teacher's pet. To make learning Japanese more fun -- and hopefully, a little easier -- Professor Mat R. Matsuda uses a basket full of Japanese toys, including the stuffed blue Doraemon doll, the blue cat from the 22nd century whose cartoon program is watched by millions on Japanese TV. It's one of the many ways Matsuda introduces Japanese culture into the lives of Knox students of Japanese. Aside from "tools" like the Doraemon doll, there are other resources essential to the Japanese program at Knox: