Undergraduate Japanese Programs
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 not so much to produce students with language skills equivalent to those of an educated native speaker, but rather to build the capacity to work between languages and cultures. This kind of translingual and transcultural competence demands the capacity to think critically about the Japanese language and about cultural products written in Japanese; 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.
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.
Prerequisites for Japanese courses may be waived with the consent of the instructor for students with prior experience in Japanese language who have completed a language placement exam. All Japanese majors are required to consult with their faculty adviser or the Student Adviser (Moore 378) prior to registering for each semester. Any student contemplating application into our graduate program are advised to discuss their plans with their adviser as well.