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Major in Japanese

The major in Japanese requires nine courses beyond Japanese 4, plus one in a related field. Those who place out of Japanese language courses still need to complete ten approved courses:
  1. Language requirement: four courses beyond Japanese 4; continuation to Japanese 123, 124 strongly recommended.
  2. Japanese 61 and four additional literature/culture courses from the Japanese offerings in the department. Two of these courses must be at the 100 level, including one seminar. If qualified, a student may opt to do an Honors Thesis (Japanese 198, 199) instead of a seminar. Only one course with a half Japanese content, such as JPN 84, can count toward the major.
  3. 0ne course in Japanese culture offered by another department and approved by the program director.

Download form: Japanese Major Checklist >

Information on: Counting Credit from Study Abroad Program toward Japanese Major >

Undergraduate Minor Program

The department offers a minor in Japanese requiring the completion of six courses above the intermediate level (JPN 003-004). The requirements are as follows:

  1. Any four of the following language courses:
    • 021/022 Reading and Conversation (Third-year)
    • 121/122 Advanced Japanese (Fourth-year)
    • 123/124 Advanced Readings in Japanese Culture (Fifth-year)
    • 095/096 Japanese Teaching Internship
  2. Two of the following culture courses (taught in English except 191J and 192J)
    • 061 (161) Introduction to Japanese Culture
    • 062 (162) Modern Japanese Literature
    • 063 (163) Postwar Japanese Literature
    • 080 Japanese Film
    • 081 The World of Japanese Animation: Culture, Cult, and Commerce
    • 084 East-West Perspectives of Fascism: Germany and Japan
    • 91/92 Special Topics
    • 110 Major Japanese Writers
    • 111 Japanese Poetry
    • 112 Major Japanese Film Directors
    • 113 Japanese Visual Culture
    • 114 Gender in Japanese Culture
    • 115 Haruki Murakami
    • 116 The Writings of Natsume Soseki
    • 170 The "Orient" in the Mind of the West
    • 191/192 Seminar on Special Topics

* Please keep in mind that:

  • Students may not complete a minor and a major in the same discipline.
  • A maximum of two courses used to fulfill a foundation, distribution or concentration requirement may be used toward fulfillment of the minor.

Minor Forms, once completed, must be signed by either the Program Director, Hosea Hirata, or the Language Coordinator, Kiyomi Kagawa. Submit one signed form to the main office, Olin 326 and one to Student Services in Dowling Hall.

Download the Fulfillment of Japanese Minor Requirements >

Questions about program requirements should be addressed to the following faculty members:

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