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* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*JAPN 101 BASIC JAPANESE I (5 credits)
An outcome-based, interactive approach to basic Japanese that emphasizes the development of the linguistic and cultural competence needed to communicate with native speakers. Communication skills — interpretative, interpersonal and presentational — are developed gradually. Requires active participation in- and outside of class. (D-L)

*JAPN 102 BASIC JAPANESE II (5 credits)
A continuation of Basic Japanese I. (D-L)

JAPN 201 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I (5 credits)
A continuation of Basic Japanese I and II to build further language skills and cultural literacy.

JAPN 202 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II (5 credits)
A continuation of Intermediate Japanese I.

JAPN 230/330 JAPANESE THROUGH EXTENSIVE READING (1 credit)
This course is designed to intend to help, support and facilitate the process of learners’ reading development through extensive reading. Students meet once a week in a quiet room, and read at their pace. Students will not be evaluated by their progress, but by their consistent attendance and participation in and outside class activities. Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed JAPN 101 or the equivalent.

JAPN 301 ADVANCED JAPANESE I (4 credits)
Focuses on the further development of language skills and cultural literacy. Emphasizes acquiring an advanced level of expressions and patterns to prepare for Advanced Japanese II.

JAPN 302 ADVANCED JAPANESE II (4 credits)
Continues the acquisition of overall advanced language skills, enhancing the comprehension of Japanese culture and developing its connections with global issues.

JAPN 351 TEACHING JAPANESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (3 credits)
Introduction of basic current principles of language learning and teaching, and unique features of Japanese. Students practice teaching in drill sessions in Basic and Intermediate Japanese courses on campus and/or teaching in elementary schools. Taught in Japanese and English. Prerequisite: Advanced language courses or consent of the instructor.

*JAPN 352 TEACHING JAPANESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: PRACTICUM  (1-3 credits)
Students develop further pedagogical skills through teaching practice. Prerequisite: JAPN 351.

*JAPN 382 TOPICS IN JAPANESE (3 credits)
Investigates several aspects of Japanese language and culture through a variety of media, literatures and films. Students engage in projects and build independent research skills. Taught in English and Japanese. Reading materials in English and Japanese. Prerequisite: Advanced language skills or consent of the instructor. (D-I)

JAPN 383 JAPANESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)
This course is designed for advanced Japanese learners who further desire to develop language and research skills at a higher level, and to build skills to present their research studies both orally and in written form in Japanese. Researching their specific topics relating to Japanese culture and society in Japanese is the focus of the course. The course will be conducted entirely in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 382 or consent of the instructor.

JAPN 407 TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 credits)
Studies several theoretical approaches and addresses a variety of issues. In addition to readings, discussion and research on particular aspects of translation, students design and carry out individual and group translation projects. Prerequisite: Advanced level reading skills or consent of the instructor. (AY)

*JAPN 422 JAPANESE LINGUISTICS (3 credits)
Investigates the origin, writing system, sound system, word formation and structure of Japanese language as well as the relationships between language and culture. Taught in Japanese and English. Prerequisite: Advanced language courses or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)

*JAPN 430 JAPANESE LANGUAGE IN SOCIAL CONTEXT (3 credits)
Examines Japanese language in a social context to develop students' understanding of and critical thinking about the dynamic relationship between language use and society with particular reference to Japan. Topics include aspects of Japanese language and the society and interaction between them, the concept of social group, gender differences, politeness, influence of foreign languages on the Japanese language and popular culture. Taught in English and Japanese; reading materials in English and Japanese. Prerequisite: Advanced level of language skills in Japanese or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)

*JAPN 431 LITERACY IN JAPANESE (3 credits)
Examines the writing system of Japanese from psycholinguistic and pedagogical viewpoints. Includes an overview of writing systems around the world and their evolutions. (RCH, D-I) (AY)

JAPN 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Self-designed study to accommodate an individual student's needs and interests. Intended mainly for an advanced student's investigation of a special topic.