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Computer science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?

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Etrix  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 00:07:12
Computer science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
Hello,

I wanted to inquire about the combination in the subject. Up until now my plan was actually to study Intermedia Design in Trier with a focus on computer game design. I have now fundamentally reconsidered my decision and am now convinced that I would go under if I studied design. My plan B from the start was something technical or medical. From an early age I have been interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I haven't really programmed yet. In math, I'm currently on a 1-. Japanology would really appeal to me, as I am very keen on languages ​​and have been dealing with Japanese culture, mentality and history (grade Samurai) for a long time. I now have one more year at vocational school before I graduate from high school. I previously completed a commercial apprenticeship and this area is really nothing for me to work with.

What do you think of the combination itself and also of my plan to choose computer science as a major.

My interests:
-Computer games
-Tinkering on the PC
-To draw
- photography, editing, etc.
-Maths
-Physics (but unfortunately I only had it up to the 10th)
-Human medicine
-Animes, manga
-Japan itself
-Music

A definite problem with me is that things quickly come easy to me and then get bored relatively quickly and I get into a rut. From that point of view, it is already an advantage if I am continually challenged.

So that was some information

Would be nice if I could just get a few impressions from you. Maybe someone also chose this station wagon

best regards
l. l. l logged out  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 07:34:06
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
Mangafan wants Japanology as a NF? Weird motivation. But there's nothing wrong with computer science ...
Ersti09 *  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 07:44:06
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
Hello.

From a study perspective, the combination is pretty pointless. A minor should complement the major in computer science, in the best case show possible applications or at least offer something that you can "take with you". At many universities, you would therefore not be able to choose Japanese Studies without problems (you may be allowed to do so on application, but it is not part of the minor canon).

The following is interesting for you:
At every university there is an offer of voluntary language courses that you can register for. Just like that, without you getting points or anything. But you can learn Japanese from it if you like it.
You can deal with historical topics as a hobby. If you're itchy, you can also attend other lectures, regardless of your actual subject. You just don't get any credit points in the main subject for it.
So you can leave your hobby hobby and still take a bit of a higher level of education in the field with you.


If I were you, I would first ask myself what you would like to do after graduation. Design, computer science and medicine are not necessarily close to each other, that still seems a bit random to me.
Kigyo  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 07:45:42
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
For the sake of your future, do yourself a favor and don't study Japanese studies.

Being interested in something is one thing, being able to live off it for a lifetime is another.

Like most regional sciences, Japanese studies usually lead to precarious employment, underpaid activities outside of the subject as a career changer (i.e. nothing that has to do with Japan), a second degree or post-graduate training. Few of them find somewhere to stay, many go through all the instances of the academic bone mill (after a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, after a master's degree, a doctorate, ...) There are certainly top jobs in large Japanese companies or German industrial groups that have connections to Japan. These jobs are ultra rare and in great demand. As a rule, however, one also prefers someone who has studied something real, for example business administration or something technical, and who can also demonstrate knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

If you are interested in samurai, Japanese anime, etc. you are also on the wrong boat with Japanese Studies - that is only a very small part of the course. Other contents are, for example:
- Japanese literary history
- Classical Japanese (language spoken at the Japanese court around the turn of the millennium)
- Philosophy historiography
- Japanese art and cultural history
- Seminars on Japanese no-theater or childhood in Japan

In short: Generally boring shit that is completely unnecessary and worth next to nothing in the job market.

Stick to the technical. Computer science is good. Definitely more demanding than Japanology, but it will most likely be more profitable. Learn Japanese on the side and privately at your university. You do not need to be enrolled in Japanese Studies to be able to attend the Japanese I, Japanese for Beginners etc. language courses. That would be a welcome change from computer science. There are so many opportunities, by the way, Japanese studies is not particularly suitable as a subject for learning Japanese.

My brother is a physicist, has been interested in computer science since his early youth and has always done a lot in the field privately. Did a semester abroad in Japan and now lives there as a software developer for an industrial medium-sized company with a wife and children. He learned Japanese during a semester abroad and just now; whether he knows anything about traditional Japanese bunraku dolls or ancient hentaigana characters is irrelevant.

Greetings!



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techinf  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 10:24:10
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
You will be challenged during your studies, so there will be no boredom in the first semester, I can guarantee you that.
I myself studied computer engineering at a TU and we had many with us who always told us at the beginning of their studies how easy everything is for them and how quickly they get bored. Accordingly, they took their studies lightly and the results were disastrous. After that, most of them got caught or dropped out, but had to hang on for a few semesters. Even 15 points in subjects such as math, physics, etc. in school are no guarantee that you will even get a 4.0 at university.

Computer science as a major sounds reasonable (if you're interested, because that's the key to everything). As a minor, I would rather choose something like electrical engineering, economics or mechanical engineering.
This has a lot to do with the fact that you then have better chances of being taken in certain interface areas. In Japanese studies, on the other hand, I don't really see any benefit.
If you should really turn out to be skimming, you could still enroll in a Japanese studies course and study that as a free time fun. Of course, you are always free to choose subjects from this course of study (if it is offered at this university) as additional services.
Etrix  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 15:17:55
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
So hello again


Thank you first for the detailed answers.

So first of all, the areas of design, information and medicine seem to have been chosen arbitrarily. They are by no means. I am very inquisitive and am generally interested in almost everything. It was very difficult for me to find the exact direction for me and so after much deliberation and elaboration I made these three areas tangible for myself. Most of the interests are covered by me. Apart from that, I have had a relationship with all three of them since I was a child.

I've been in touch with economics since 7th grade and I'm really fed up with it after graduating from high school, it can't hurt, but it's not mine. (Except for the mathematical content of business administration and accounting, which I think is great)

I'm just interested in Japan in general, that is, culture, history, art, writing, language, .... That's why Japanese studies seem very interesting to me.

When computer science is really that demanding, I am happy. I just need a certain standard to be able to stay on the ball.

I would like to study in Trier and there it would be possible to combine computer science and Japanese studies. I definitely want to work abroad in the future, which is also an obstacle to medicine. What would still appeal to me would be robotics, but unfortunately I haven't discovered that in Trier, apart from that I don't think that you could choose it as a minor.

Is it really good to study with a major and a minor? Aren't you getting less information during your studies?

I already knew that you can do the language courses independently, but thank you for that. That is also one of the reasons why I want to go to university in Trier. I'm also very interested in the scientific approach and research. Another reason for the university.

Thanks for the information


Edit: I took a look at the modules https://porta-system.uni-trier.de/qisserver/pages/cm/exa/curricula/genericRailsSearchUnitsSimple.xhtml?_flowId=searchCourseOfStudyForModuleDescription-flow&_flowExecutionKey=e1s2 here now Japanologie NF and me find that very promising and interesting.



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Kigyo  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 19:43:15
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
As long as you don't major, it doesn't necessarily matter. In terms of your career, it's not the best choice, but you don't have to trim your studies that way either.

The main thing is that when computer science becomes too difficult, you don't quit your major and take something else or take Japo as your major.

With computer science, to be honest, you're not that far removed from robotics. There are already some interfaces.
Etrix  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 19:51:13
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
From Kigyo As long as you don't major, it doesn't necessarily matter. In terms of your career, it's not the best choice, but you don't have to trim your studies that way either.

The main thing is that when computer science becomes too difficult, you don't quit your major and take something else or take Japo as your major.

With computer science, to be honest, you're not that far removed from robotics. There are already some interfaces.
So if I’ll do IT, that’s also my preferred course of study. I would never choose Japo as my main subject, because I know exactly in which area I want to work and that would definitely not be tourism, logistics, etc.

Great, thank you for the information
advocates  πŸ“… 01.08.2016 20:15:56
Re: Computer Science as a major with a minor in Japanese Studies?
I find your train of thought very sensible and good. Choosing a major in computer science is helpful in terms of your job, with Japanese studies you can at best score very points in interim jobs.

If, after all, you wanted to go in a very technical direction, in which more info + engineering knowledge would be asked, it will of course be more difficult. As a basic computer scientist, you would certainly find a job, and the NF opens up opportunities for you (it would also offer you opportunities in the field of Japanese studies, as HF Japaneseologists are often unable to do anything while you have hard info + basic knowledge).