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Japanese Courses

Placement examinations are required for new students who have exposure to Japanese, either through formal course work or through informal conversation. Native speakers of Japanese or students whose competence in the language already exceeds the scope of the material may not enroll in Japanese-language courses.

  • 101, 102, 103 First-Year Japanese (5 credits each) Provides thorough grounding in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese. Special stress on aural-oral skills. For beginners or by placement.
  • 196 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-2 credits)
  • 198 Workshop: [Topic] (1-2 credits)
  • 199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1-5 credits)
  • 201, 202, 203 Second-Year Japanese (5 credits each) Continuation of JPN 101, 102, 103. Additional training in oral-aural skills designed to build listening comprehension and fluency. Development of basic proficiency in reading and writing Japanese.
  • 250 Manga Millennium (4 credits) Surveys the 1,000-year ┬áhistory of visual-verbal narratives – comics – in Japan, ranging from medieval picture to modern manga.
  • 301, 302, 303 Third-Year Japanese (5 credits each) Provides a solid foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prepares students for advanced study. Prereq: two years of Japanese or equivalent.
  • 305, 306, 307 Introduction to Japanese Literature (4 credits each) Historical survey of Japanese literature from the 8th century to the present. Analysis and appreciation of major works, genres, and authors such as The Tale of Genji, Haiku, Kawabata, and Mishima. Readings in English.
  • 315 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (4 credits) Survey of general characteristics of the Japanese language in the aspects of sound structure, vocabulary, writing system, meaning, and sentence constructions. Prereqs: JPN103. Offered alternate years.
  • 399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1-5 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 12 credits.
  • 401 Research: [Topic] (1-4 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 12 credits.
  • 403 Thesis (1-6 credits) P/N only. Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 6 credits.
  • 405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-21 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-21 credits)
  • 407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1-4 credits) Studies and projects in Japanese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy. Sources are in Japanese, English, or both. R when topic changes.
  • 408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1-21 credits)
  • 409 Supervised Tutoring (1-4 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 18 credits.
  • 410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 411/511, 412/512, 413/513 Fourth-Year Spoken Japanese (4 credits each) Development of speaking and listening skills related to concrete and abstract topics. Emphasis on sociolinguistic skills. Prereq: three years of Japanese or instructor’s consent.
  • 414/514, 415/515, 416/516 Fourth-Year Reading and Writing Japanese (4 credits each) Development of reading skills, vocabulary, and knowledge of kanji. Writing exercises include message writing, letter writing, and short essays. Prereq: three years of Japanese or instructor’s consent.
  • 425/525 Modern Japanese Literature: [Topic] (4 credits) Investigates topics relevant to Japanese literary studies in a comparative context. Recent topics include suicide and literature East and West, nations and resistance, atomic bomb literature. Prereq: instructor’s consent. R twice when topic changes for maximum of 12 credits.
  • 434/534, 435/535, 436/536 Advanced Readings in Japanese Literature (4 credits each) Reading modern Japanese literature in Japanese. Students acquire proficiency in reading, writing, and translation as well as knowledge of literature. Prereq: JPN 416/516 or instructor’s consent.
  • 437/537 Classical Japanese Literary Language (4 credits each) Introduction to the basic principles and forms of classical Japanese literary language–style, syntax, and textuality. Selected readings of texts in classical Japanese from Nara through Edo periods. Prereq: JPN 301, 302, 303.
  • 455 Japanese Business Culture and Language (4 credits) Practice your Japanese language skills in a business setting. Learn business related vocabulary and exprssions as well as basic Japanese business manners and conventions. Prereq: JPN303 (third year Japanese) or equivalent and instructor’s consent.
  • 471/571 The Japanese Cinema (4 credits) Major filmmakers and works are introduced. Comparative analysis of Japanese cinema as narrative form and artists’ efforts to grapple with the Japanese experience of modernity. Readings, films, and discussions in English.
  • 480 Early Modern Comics (4 credits) Focuses on comic books in 18th and 19th century Japan and their place in the “floating world” of popular culture.
  • 490 Translation and Japanese Literature (4 credits). Explores the theory and practice of translation as it relates to Japanese literature. Students produce their own translations and critique existing translations.
  • 503 Thesis (1-6 credits)
  • 601 Research: [Topic] (1-10 credits)
  • 602 Supervised College Teaching (1-16 credits)
  • 603 Dissertation (1-16 credits)
  • 605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-16 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. as approved by the faculty.
  • 607 Seminar: [Topic] (1-6 credits) Studies and projects in Japanese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy. Sources in Japanese, English, or both. R when topic changes.
  • 609 Practicum: [Topic] (1-4 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 18 credits.