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Contact Information

Elena Levy-Navarro
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: 262-472-5047
Location: Laurentide Hall 3110
Pilar Melero
Language & Literature Professor
Phone: 262-472-3173
Location: Laurentide Hall 3106
Elizabeth Lamb
Academic Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1036
Location: Laurentide Hall 3112


Yookoso! Welcome to the Japanese Program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater! 

The Japanese Program offers a variety of opportunities for students - a Japanese minor, a Japanese major with a collaboration with UW-Oshkosh, an internship at the Guy Healy, Camp USA, student organizations (Japanese Anime & Culture Society, Japanese Language Club), Travel Study to Japan, and study abroad programs at Sophia University in Tokyo and Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.

As Japan is the largest investor in the US, and has great influence on the US in terms of art, architecture, business management, literature, film, music, theater, cuisine, and fashion, students with a Japanese minor or major have moved onto careers such as teaching English in Japan, working for Japanese companies, etc.

The Japanese language instructor, Kasumi Kato, was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and has been teaching Japanese at UW-Whitewater since 2005. She teaches the Japan Cherry Blossoms and MountainJapanese 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203 (respectively, Beginning Japanese I, II, III, and Intermediate Japanese I, II, III), and the Japanese Thesis course. She has also co-led the Japan Travel Study program and is passionate about traveling in Japan. She is committed to make studying Japanese language and culture fun and challenging.

If you have studied Japanese before and would like to find the course that would be the most appropriate, please make an appointment with a Japanese language instructor to assess your proficiency.

Check out these career opportunities for Japanese speakers:

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For more information and to learn about oppurtunities the program offers, seach the links under Resources.