Koji Arizumi

Instructor of Japanese
Director, Critical Languages Center
Undergraduate Advisor, Chinese, Japanese, and Critical Languages

  • email: karizumi@ua.edu
  • phone (205) 348-5059
  • office location BB Comer Hall 200


  • DMA, The University of Alabama, 1995


Dr. Koji Arizumi (有住幸二) grew up in Tokyo, Japan. He went to Waseda University and majored in physics. While in college, he started playing the flute and went on to get a master’s degree (MA) and doctoral degree (DMA) in music. His dissertation was titled “Assimilation of Western and Japanese Musical Aesthetics and Contemporary Flute Music by Japanese Composers.”

Dr. Arizumi has been teaching Japanese on satellite TV/video as well as in the classroom for almost 20 years while researching the educational use of technology. He also teaches modern Japanese literature and film, as well the upper levels of Japanese language. As director of the Critical Languages Center, Dr. Arizumi oversees the administration of 15 different languages.