Japanese Studies

Japanese Studies Courses

JPN 101

Beginning Japanese I

An introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Includes an introduction to grammar and alphabets (hiragana and katakana) and kanji. 

JPN 102

Beginning Japanese II

A continuation of Japanese 101.  Students will gain knowledge of an additional hundred kanji.

JPN 201

Intermediate Japanese I (L)

Higher communicative skills will be reached by learning another hundred additional kanji as well as complex grammar structures. 

JPN 202

Intermediate Japanese II

A continuation of Japanese 201.  Students will continue to study more advanced grammar and learn another hundred kanji.

JPN 301

Advanced Japanese (W)

Advanced level of speaking, listening, writing and listening will be introduced in to improve Japanese language skills with the primary emphasis on oral communicative skills and on functioning in real-life situations in an appropriate cultural context.

JPN 303

Studies in Japanese Linguistics (FR)

Topics covered include Japanese syntax, morphology, semantics, phonetics, and sociolinguistics. The main objective is to develop the ability to analyze the Japanese with formal reasoning and gain knowledge of terms and issues in Japanese linguistics.

Japanese 310

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.

Japanese 311

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.

Japanese 410

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 departure.

LC 106/ JPN 306

Japanese Studies through Popular Culture (CHC, G)

The course examines Japanese language, culture and history as observed in Japanese popular culture. Special focus is placed on analyzing cultural and historical illustrations in Anime.

LC 202

Japanese Literature and Culture (LIT, G)

This course is a broad, but in-depth, introduction to Japanese literature and culture. Besides thematic and literary analyses, careful attention will also be given to the cultural, social, and historical factors that have created the various genres found in the Japanese language.

LC 205

Language and Culture in Japan (CSI, G)

Focus is placed on the Japanese language as a social institution and its role in daily life of contemporary Japanese society. Various media forms will be used.

LC 207

Language and Gender: US and Japan (CSI, G)

This course examines gender differences in language use and communication styles, using various examples in Japanese.

LC 209/ JPN 309

Business Communication in Japanese Media (CSI, G)

Students learn common Japanese business phrases and idioms and explore communication practices in Japanese business settings and business systems.

LC 303

War and Peace in Japan (May Term travel course) (AV)

This travel course will take students to historical sites of Japan including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Okinawa for the purpose of providing them the opportunity to critically examine wars and use of nuclear weapons, which may lead to discussions about current and international applications of today’s society.

LC 304

Cross-Cultural Communication: US and Japan (CSI, G)

This course will focus on the interpersonal relationships and social norms of verbal and non-verbal behavior between/within the US and Japan.

LC 308

Japanese Way of Life: Traditions and Changes (IT, G)

This course explores the development of Japanese thought from antiquity to the present, focusing on issues of continuity and change in the Japanese way of life.