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.
The Japanese Major consists of 11 courses:
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.
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.
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):
Last Updated: 8/18/14