Graduate Program in Japanese Linguistics



Current Students

Center for East Asian Studies





Our Japanese program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the few programs in the US that offer both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics. With three professors who specialize in various subfields of Japanese linguistics, our program is particularly strong in areas such as functional linguistics, pragmatics, discourse / conversation analysis, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and language pedagogy. We aim at producing future educators / researchers of Japanese language and linguistics who have balanced interests and skills in both teaching and research.

Advantages of studying in this program include the following:

  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum: This campus promotes dynamic interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students, who share interests in the structures, use, and teaching and learning of languages.  Students in our program are encouraged to take related courses in other departments along with the core courses offered in our program. Learn more>
  • Teaching Assistantship: The program also offers a number of teaching assistantships, which provide graduate students not only financial support, but also on-the-job training opportunities.  We consider the daily interaction of theory and practice to be critical for our graduate students’ professional development. Learn more>
  • Well-established Undergraduate Japanese Language Program: Our undergraduate program is known for its rigor and high standards.  Our faculty members are involved in the development of textbooks and other instructional materials, which are widely used elsewhere in the US and overseas.  Graduate assistants will have opportunities to learn from, or contribute to, such exciting new developments. Learn more>
  • National and International Events: The UW-Madison regularly hosts a number of regional, national and international conferences and workshops in related fields.  Students have frequent opportunities to learn from distinguished scholars from all over the world. Learn more>
  • Strong Network of Alumni: Graduates of our program are actively involved in Japanese language education and research in the US, Japan and other parts of the world.  The schools where our graduates hold positions include Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Smith College, University of California at San Diego, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, University of Texas, University of Washington, Associated Kyoto Program, Kansai Gaidai University, Kyushu University, Nanzan University, Oita University, Waseda University, and University of Venice, among many others.  The international network also helps us develop teaching and research projects beyond the UW-Madison campus. Learn more>

We are looking forward to your inquiries and applications.

Naomi H. McGloin, Professor
Junko Mori, Associate Professor
Naomi F. Geyer, Assistant Professor