Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Japanese Studies

The minor enables students to advance their Japanese language skills and develop a sound understanding of Japanese culture and history from a global perspective.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students must select an emphasis in either the study of Japanese language or the history and culture of Japan.

Language Emphasis

Japanese Language
Select four courses from the following: 12
Advanced Reading and Speaking I
Advanced Reading and Speaking II
Readings in Japanese Culture
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II
Japanese and Japan-Related History
Select one course from the following: 3
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
Elective Course
Select one course from the following: 3
RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
GOVT 333
Government and Politics of Asia
GOVT 433
Political Economy of East Asia
Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)
Readings in Japanese Culture (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Buddhism (Mason Core)
Total Credits 18

History and Culture Emphasis

Japanese Language
Select two courses from the following: 6
Advanced Reading and Speaking I
Advanced Reading and Speaking II
Readings in Japanese Culture
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II
Japanese and Japan-Related History
Select two courses from the following: 6
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
Elective Courses
Select two courses from the following: 6
RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
GOVT 333
Government and Politics of Asia
GOVT 433
Political Economy of East Asia
Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)
Readings in Japanese Culture (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Buddhism (Mason Core)
Total Credits 18
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