Bachelor of Arts Program Requirements: Japanese

There are two options for students interested in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese: the culture-intensive program and the language intensive program. Options within majors are ways of focusing academic interests, but they do not appear on grade transcripts. Other terms used for options include areas of concentration, emphasis, focus, or specialization; preparatory programs; primary and secondary areas or subjects; fields or subfields; programs of emphasis or study; and tracks.

Prospective majors must meet with an East Asian Languages and Literatures faculty adviser when declaring the major as well as each spring to obtain the adviser's signature before fall term registration, and two terms before graduation. Any course for which a grade lower than C- is received does not count toward the major.

B.A. Degree in Japanese – Culture-Intensive Option

47 graded credits are required in courses beyond the second-year level, including:

  • Third-year Japanese (JPN 301,302,303)
  • 8 credits of upper-division Japanese language courses beyond the third-year level, which may include JPN 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, and 439
  • Introduction to Japanese Literature/Linguistics – two courses from JPN 305, 306, 307, 315
  • 16 adviser-approved credits of upper-division courses in Japanese literature,culture, or linguistics, which may include a maximum of 8 credits in courses taught outside of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Courses outside the department must have advisor approval.

Prospective majors who place above 301 language level must draft an individualized program in conjunction with an EALL adviser.

B.A. Degree in Japanese – Language-Intensive Option

47 graded credits are required in courses beyond the second-year level of Japanese including:

  • Third-Year Japanese (JPN 301, 302, 303)
  • Introduction to Japanese Literature/Linguistics – two courses from JPN 305, 306, 307, 315
  • Two terms of Fourth-Year Spoken Japanese (JPN 411, 412)
  • Two terms of Fourth-Year Reading and Writing Japanese (JPN 414, 415)
  • Either the third term of Fourth-Year Spoken Japanese (JPN 413) or the third term of Fourth-Year Reading and Writing Japanese (JPN 416).
  • 4 adviser-approved credits of upper-division courses in Japanese language; or JPN/EALL literature, culture or linguistics. 

Prospective majors who place above 301 language level must draft an individualized program in conjunction with an EALL adviser.