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Undergraduate Japanese Programs
These are the Undergraduate Japanese Programs currently available:
B.A. in Japanese
In the Japanese major, students combine advanced language work with the study of Japanese linguistics and literature. The goal of the major is to produce students who are not only highly proficient in the language, but also have the capacity to work between languages and cultures. This kind of translingual and transcultural competence demands the ability to think critically about the Japanese language and about cultural products that use it as a medium; the study of linguistics gives students the tools to reflect on the form and function of the language, and the study of literature provides ways of appreciating and analyzing in cultural context what the Japanese have written over time. The major is designed for those who plan to eventually pursue Japan-oriented careers in the public and private sectors and the academy, as well as those who wish to explore and enjoy the Japanese language as a medium of social and cultural meaning. See the major requirements for more information. You can also see our curriculum map and Student Learning Outcomes for the BA in Japanese here.
Minor in Japanese
The minor in Japanese requires a more directed body of coursework in Japanese language and literature. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. In the case of native speakers, they will be required to take five non-language skill courses. See the minor requirements for more information.
Certificate in Japanese
The certificate in Japanese is for those students who wish to supplement other fields of study with some basic Japanese language and culture. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. See the certificate requirements for more information.
Two-year Language Programs
Students of Japanese may choose to focus their language studies based on their personal learning goals. Two different tracks of study are available for such students:
* The Two-year Language Programs fulfill the language requirement.