JAPANESE STUDIES

Japanese Studies Major | Japanese Studies Minor | Faculty

The Japanese Studies program fosters detailed, nuanced knowledge and understanding of various aspects of premodern, modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society, including history, language, literature, visual culture, society, politics and economics. It provides a solid foundation of Japanese language skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. The courses offered are ideal for students wishing to gain practical communicative skills, those planning to further specialize in Japanese Studies and those pursuing careers in areas such as education, business, government and NGOs.  DAAAS offers a master of arts field, major and minor in Japanese Studies.

Japanese Studies Major

The Japanese Major consists of 11 courses:

Language Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete the following four language courses: JPN 203 Intermediate Japanese I; JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese II; JPN 305 Advanced Reading and Comprehension I; JPN 306 Advanced Reading and Comprehension II. (Note: JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I and JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the major, but do not count towards the major.) After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Japanese Program faculty, students who already demonstrate competence at any of the required levels of the Japanese language may waive part or all of the language requirements. Waived Japanese language courses will not count toward the major and must be replaced with other Japanese Studies courses to bring the total number of courses up to eleven.

Elective Courses

Students choose six of the courses listed below (or other approved Japanese Studies courses as they become available). Students are also required to successfully complete one course designated as Asian American and Diasporic Studies.

  • AAAS 210 Introduction to Japanese Culture
  • AAAS 219 Structure of Japanese
  • AAAS 250 Japanese Cinema
  • AAAS 253 Cultures of Pre-modern Japan
  • AAAS 254 Pop Culture in Contemporary Japan
  • AAAS 251 Classical Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 252 Medieval/Early Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 253 Cultures of Premodern Japan
  • AAAS 254 Pop Culture in Contemporary Japan
  • AAAS 350 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • AAAS 351 Pacific War Experience in Japanese Literature and Film
  • AAAS 354 The Tale of Genji and Its World
  • AAAS 414 Economic Development in East Asia
  • AAAS 452 Natsume Sōseki and the Modernization of Japan
  • AAAS 450 Women in Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 451 Fictions of the Samurai
  • AAAS 453. Trauma in/and Japanese Literature and Film
  • AAAS 454. Unresolved Issues from Modern Wars in Asia

In addition:

  • Students are required to take two 400 level courses, at least one of which must be in the major.
  • At least two additional elective courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • At least six courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • No more than one course may be an independent study.
  • No more than one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the major.

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Japanese Studies Minor

The Japanese minor consists of three required language courses and three Japanese Studies elective courses.  At least three of these six courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Language Requirements:  JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese I), 204 (Intermediate Japanese II), and 305 (Advanced Reading and Composition I). Note:  JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I and JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the minor but do not count towards the minor.)

Three Japanese Studies Elective Courses from the following list (or other Japanese Studies courses as they become available):

  • JPN 306 Reading and Composition II
  • AAAS 210 Introduction to Japanese Culture
  • AAAS 219 Structure of Japanese
  • AAAS 250 Japanese Cinema
  • AAAS 251 Classical Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 252 Medieval/Early Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 253 Cultures of Premodern Japan
  • AAAS 254 Pop Culture in Contemporary Japan
  • AAAS 350 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • AAAS 351 Pacific War Experience in Japanese Literature and Film
  • AAAS 354 The Tale of Genji and Its World
  • JPN   407 Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JPN   408 Fourth Year Japanese II
  • AAAS 414 Economic Development in East Asia
  • AAAS 450 Women in Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • AAAS 451 Fictions of the Samurai
  • AAAS 452 Natsume Sōseki and the Modernization of Japan
  • AAAS 453 Trauma in/and Japanese Literature and Film
  • AAAS 454 Unresolved Issues: Modern Wars in Asia

In addition:

  • Only one course may be taken as an independent study.
  • Only one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • At least four courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the minor.

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Last Updated: 2/24/15