第38課: Fields of Study

This lesson will be about how to express fields of study in Japanese. We will be utilizing this opportunity to take a break from pure grammar studies to expand upon vocabulary in an easy and productive way.


Curriculum Note: This lesson as recently been truncated to simply be about fields of study. As such, it is subject to its own remodeling in the near future.  

Fields of Study 専門(せんもん)

Many fields of study end with the suffix -gaku 学, which equates to "the study of."  It also corresponds to the English suffix -ology. Of course, not all fields of study end in this. Below are some of the most common fields of studies:

 医学 いがく Medical science 科学 かがく Science
 化学 かがく Chemistry 数学 すうがく Mathematics
 物理学 ぶつりがく Physics 音楽 おんがく Music
 建築学 けんちくがく Architecture 工学 こうがく Engineering
 電気工学 でんきこうがく Electrical engineering 土木工学 どぼくこうがく Civil engineering
 機械工学 きかいこうがく Mechanical engineering 遺伝子工学 いでんしこうがく Genetic engineering
 電子工学 でんしこうがく Electronics 哲学 てつがく Philosophy
 言語学 げんごがく Linguistics 社会学 しゃかいがく Sociology
 法律学 ほうりつがく Law 経済学 けいざいがく Economics
 生物学 せいぶつがく Biology 地学 ちがく Geology
 教育学 きょういくがく Education 体育学 たいいくがく Physical education
 農学 のうがく Agriculture 心理学 しんりがく Psychology
 美術 びじゅつ Fine arts 芸術 げいじゅつ Art
 経営学 けいえいがく Business administration 文学 ぶんがく Literature
 天文学 てんもんがく Astronomy 宗教学 しゅうきょうがく Theology
 薬学 やくがく Pharmachology 生化学 せいかがく Biochemstry
 環境科学 かんきょうかがく Environmental science コンピューター科学 コンピューターかがく Computer science
 地理学 ちりがく Geography 国際関係学 こくさいかんけいがく International relations

Word Note: Science is 科学かがく. In reference to courses, it's 理科りか. "Science department" is 理学部りがくぶ. "Science course" is 理科系りかけい. 理系, an abbreviation, is used in expressions such as 理系の学生がくせい. 理学部の学生 is a "science major".