Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Japanese Studies

The 18-credit minor in Japanese Studies enables students to advance their Japanese language skills and develop a sound understanding of Japanese culture and history from a global perspective.

Students who wish to declare a minor in Japanese studies need to obtain the signature of the director.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete six courses (18 credits) with a minimum grade of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor. Special topics courses, when relevant, may be applied to the minor with prior written approval of the director.

Students must select an emphasis in either the study of Japanese language or the history and culture of Japan when choosing their course work to complete the minor.

Language emphasis (18 credits)

Four courses (12 credits) in Japanese language chosen from:

JAPA 330 - Advanced Reading and Speaking I Credits: 3

JAPA 331 - Advanced Reading and Speaking II Credits: 3

JAPA 350 - Readings in Japanese Culture Credits: 3

JAPA 440 - Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I Credits: 3

JAPA 441 - Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) of Japanese and Japan-related history chosen from:

HIST 251 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 252 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 356 - Modern Japan Credits: 3

HIST 357 - Postwar Japan Credits: 3

ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan Credits: 3

One elective course (3 credits) chosen from:

ARTH 482 - RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art Credits: 3

CHIN 328 - Asian American Women Writers Credits: 3

GOVT 333 - Government and Politics of Asia Credits: 3

GOVT 433 - Political Economy of East Asia Credits: 3

JAPA 310 - Japanese Culture in a Global World Credits: 3

JAPA 320 - Japanese Cinema Credits: 3

JAPA 340 - Topics in Japanese Literature Credits: 3

JAPA 350 - Readings in Japanese Culture Credits: 3 (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)

RELI 212 - Religions of Asia Credits: 3

RELI 315 - Buddhism Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

History and culture emphasis (18 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) in Japanese language chosen from:

JAPA 330 - Advanced Reading and Speaking I Credits: 3

JAPA 331 - Advanced Reading and Speaking II Credits: 3

JAPA 350 - Readings in Japanese Culture Credits: 3

JAPA 440 - Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I Credits: 3

JAPA 441 - Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in Japanese and Japan-related history chosen from:

HIST 251 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 252 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 356 - Modern Japan Credits: 3

HIST 357 - Postwar Japan Credits: 3

ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan Credits: 3

Two elective courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ARTH 482 - RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art Credits: 3

CHIN 328 - Asian American Women Writers Credits: 3

GOVT 333 - Government and Politics of Asia Credits: 3

GOVT 433 - Political Economy of East Asia Credits: 3

JAPA 310 - Japanese Culture in a Global World Credits: 3

JAPA 320 - Japanese Cinema Credits: 3

JAPA 340 - Topics in Japanese Literature Credits: 3

JAPA 350 - Readings in Japanese Culture Credits: 3 (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)

RELI 212 - Religions of Asia Credits: 3

RELI 315 - Buddhism Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

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