Bachelor of Arts: Japanese Studies

BA in Japanese Studies

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.


Requirements

  • Major Requirements

    The Japanese Studies major requirement consists of 11 courses.

    Language 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 Japanese I

    • JPN 306 Advanced Japanese 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 in Japanese at any of the required levels 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 to eleven. A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the Japanese Studies major.

    Elective Courses

    In addition to the required language courses, students must choose:

    • One core course in Asian American and Diaspora Studies.

    • Six elective courses in Japanese Studies.

    In addition:

    • Two of the courses have to be at the 400 level, with at least one being in Japanese Studies

    • 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.

  • Minor Requirements

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

    The three required language courses are:

    • JPN 203 Intermediate Japanese I

    • JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese II

    • JPN 305 Advanced Japanese 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. After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Japanese Program faculty, students who demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at any of the required levels may waive part or all of the language requirements. Waived Japanese language courses will not count toward the minor and must be replaced with other Japanese Studies courses to bring the total number of courses up to six.


Faculty Members of Japanese Studies

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Rumiko Sode

Associate Professor

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Research Interests

  • General and Japanese linguistics - syntax and morphology
  • Translation and translation education
  • Multilingualism
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David C. Stahl

Professor, Japanese Literature & Cinema

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Research Interests

  • Modern Japanese literature and film
  • Unresolved issues from the Asia Pacific War
  • Examination of traumatic Japanese narratives in trauma/PTSD studies terms
  • Japanese-English literary translation
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Roberta Strippoli

Associate Professor

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Research Interests

  • Medieval Japanese literature and performing arts
  • Medieval and early-modern manuscripts and illustrated scrolls
  • Literary characters and cultural heritage