Beginning Japanese I
An introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and
writing. Includes an introduction to grammar and alphabets (
Offered each fall.
Beginning Japanese II
A continuation of Japanese 101. Students will gain knowledge of an additional hundred
. Offered each spring.
Intermediate Japanese I (LA)
Higher communicative skills will be reached by learning another hundred additional
as well as complex grammar structures. Offered each fall.
Intermediate Japanese II (G)
A continuation of Japanese 201. Students will continue to study more advanced grammar
and learn another hundred
. Offered each spring.
Studies in Literature and Humanities (to be taken abroad)
Upper level courses in an approved study abroad program in the literature or the humanities
category, including art history, theater, gender studies, music history, philosophy,
and religion. Readings and lectures are in Japanese. Credit should be discussed with
a member of the Japanese Faculty before departure.
Studies in Social Science (to be taken abroad)
Upper level courses in an approved study abroad program in the social science category,
including business, economics, history, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology.
Readings and lecture are in Japanese. Credit should be discussed with a member of
the Japanese Faculty before departure.
Advanced Japanese Language Studies (to be taken abroad)
An upper level Japanese course taken in an approved study abroad program. This course
will contain a strong writing component in addition to practice in reading and conversation
in Japanese. Credit should be discussed with a member of the Japanese faculty before
LC 105 Special Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation (LIT)
This course will vary in content and approach to emphasize genres, themes, and periods
in Japanese literature. Readings and lectures in English. May count toward minor in
From Atom to Akira: Japan's Pop Culture Japanese Literature and Culture (LIT, G)
Japanese popular culture is nearly synonymous with anime (animation), manga (comics),
and video games. All three are integral part of Japanese life. This class will discuss
the global popularity of these three forms of entertainment, which has spurred interest
in Japan and the cultural themes that inform its popular culture. Prerequisite: N/A.
Offered in alternate years.
Japanese Film and Aesthetics (CSI, G)
This course will examine Japanese films made in the post-World War II period. Students
will study internationallyknown directors such as Ozu and Kurosawa and learn terminology
for analyzing artistic elements such as framing, camera position, lighting, sound,
camera movement, optical distortion, and editing. Offered occasionally.
LC 207 Language and Gender: US and Japan (CSI, G)
This course considers gender differences in language use as practices of social institutions
and investigates the ways in which the gender differences influence communication
styles between men and women. This course also encourages students to reflect upon
the advantages/disadvantages that the gender differences create and consider how we
can promote gender equality in society. Offered occasionally.
LC 303 Blades, Bows, and Bushido: The Samurai in Context
This course will examine literary, artistic, and film representations of the samurai
in order to understand of one Japan’s most popular cultural icons. We will chart the
growth of the samurai from simple horseback archers to a class characterized by a
rigidly-defined code of behavior referred to as bushido. Offered in alternate years.
LC 304 Cross-Cultural Communication: US and Japan (CSI, G)
This course will focus on the interpersonal relationships between/within the US and
Japan. Students will conduct research on various issues, including discrimination,
misunderstanding, and prejudice. Offered each spring.
Japanese Way of Life: Traditions and Changes (IT, G)
This course explores the development of Japanese thoughts from antiquity to the present,
focusing on issues of continuity and change. Students will study the major intellectual
movements in Japan over time and examine the impact that modern influences from the
West have had on traditional Japanese language, culture, and society. Offered in alternate
years, May Term.