To browse the full list of courses available by academic department, visit Courses of Instruction.


To browse the most up-to-date faculty listing, click here.

2014-2016 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2014-2016 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2012-2014 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2012-2014 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2010-2012 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2010-2012 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2008-2010 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2008-2010 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2006-2008 CATALOGUE

The 2006-2008 Catalogue is still available online as a PDF. To browse it, click here.


If you have questions or comments about the new online Catalogue, please send us your feedback.



The Japanese Program is very strong, and we are proud of what our students accomplish. Classes meet five days a week, and are team-taught: two days a week we explain grammar and Japanese culture in English, and three days a week you’ll be taught by a very experienced native-speaking drill instructor. We teach you about the language, and make sure you get plenty of practice actually using Japanese as well. We want our students to be confident and comfortable when they use Japanese.

The Colleges do not offer a major or minor in Japanese, but interdisciplinary majors or minors in Asian Studies can include a large Japanese language component. For such a major, four language credits are required, and up to seven credits may be applied. For an Asian Studies minor, two credits are required, and up to four credits are possible. Asian Studies has a wide array of courses that deal with Japan, a much better selection than most other liberal arts colleges. For details, please see the Asian Studies section.

The Japanese Program sponsors the student anime (Japanese animation) club, and students are encouraged to become involved.

For students who take a lot of Japanese, we have a program in Japan for the fall semester of their senior year. This is a language-intensive program, and it dovetails very nicely with the program at HWS.

After graduation, most students either work in Japan, work for a Japanese company in the U.S., or go to graduate school to do more research on Japan. The Japanese Program gives them the tools they need to succeed in these areas.

Please note that the Japanese sequence begins with JPN 101 in the spring semester, followed by JPN 102 the next fall. If you have already studied a lot of Japanese, and believe you should start somewhere other than with JPN 101, please contact Professor Holland as early as possible for a placement interview.

JPN 101 Beginning Japanese I This course provides an introduction to modern spoken Japanese. Open to seniors by permission only. (Holland, Spring, offered annually)

JPN 102 Beginning Japanese II This course is a continuation of JPN 101. Prerequisite: JPN 101 or placement by instructor. (Holland, Fall, offered annually)

JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I Prerequisite: JPN 102 or placement by instructor. (Holland, Spring, offered annually)

JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II Prerequisite: JPN 201 or placement by instructor. (Holland, Fall, offered annually)

JPN 301 Advanced Japanese I Prerequisite: JPN 202 or placement by instructor. (Holland, Spring, offered annually)

JPN 302 Advanced Japanese II Prerequisite: JPN 301 or placement by instructor. (Holland, Fall, offered annually)

JPN 450 Independent Study


Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Contact the Colleges


Offices and Resources
Campus Directory

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.