With the combined faculty expertise and resources of Duke, UNC, and NCSU, the Triangle area represents the largest and most prominent center for Japan Studies scholarship in the Southeast. Students interested in Japan can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in East Asian or International Studies at Duke, NCSU, or UNC, which may be tailored to fit area and topical interests. Certificates or minors in East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, and Japanese language are also available. Doctoral students choose to focus their dissertation on Japan-related research within their chosen field.

The close relationship between the three universities, particularly Duke and UNC, has led to the formation of an inter-institutional system that allows students to take courses for credit at all of these institutions. Thus, students are not limited to the offering of their home institution, but have the distinct advantage of being able to study with any of the faculty affiliated with the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies.

Student, especially graduate student, involvement is an integral part of the the Center’s mission of continued innovation and growth in Japanese studies scholarship in the Triangle and beyond. For more information on opportunities to participate in TCJS events and engage with faculty and other students interested in Japan, please visit our Undergraduate and Graduate pages.


Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students interested in learning more about Japan are invited to take courses taught by our faculty and attend lectures, book discussions, films, symposiums, and other events sponsored by the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies. These events are held at on campus at Duke, UNC, and NCSU and provide valuable opportunities to connect with students at other universities and interact with faculty members outside the classroom.

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Graduate Programs

The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies presents many opportunities for graduate students to engage with peers and professors through programming such as the Triangle Japan Forum and cross-institutional research groups. These programs bring together graduate students and faculty to share and present their research and discuss recent publications and developments related to Japan.

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PhD Programs

PhD candidates should apply directly to the most relevant home department, (History, Political Science, Anthropology, etc.) For a list of possible advisors, please see our Faculty page. While completing their doctorate degrees, students can apply for funding from the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies to assist with research travel and professional editing support for their dissertations and other publications.

Please see our Graduate page for a list of current PhD students.

Japanese Language at Duke, NCSU, and UNC

Duke, UNC, and NCSU all offer strong Japanese Language programs, with majors and minors available.
For more information on the Japanese language programs, please visit our Japanese Language page, or contact the faculty below.

  • Duke University: Hitomi Endo, Associate Professor of the Practice, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • NC State University: John Mertz, Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • UNC at Chapel Hill: Mark Driscoll, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, or Yuko Kato, Lecturer, Asian Studies Department

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