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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

*JPNS 172 BUDDHIST TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD (4 credits)
The Buddha taught radical inquiry into the nature of the self, the world and suffering. This discussion-based practicum will be guided by the teachings of contemporary masters and the lives of current practitioners to conduct one's own inquiries in a Buddhist style. Students will practice a variety of forms of meditation and reflection, read and discuss writings from the Theravada, Mahayana and Tantric traditions, called "The Three Turnings of the Wheel," and view films and documentaries that embody Buddhist worldviews. Also listed as REL 172. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 226 TRADITIONAL EAST ASIA (3 credits)
A survey of traditional culture in China, Viet Nam, Korea and Japan, with emphasis on China and Korea, and on East Asia as an international system. Attention to the historical development of the great tradition in literature, art, religion, politics and social institutions. Also listed as HIST 226. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 228 MODERN EAST ASIA (3 credits)
A survey of East Asia since about 1800, with emphasis on China and Korea, and on East Asia as an international system. Special attention to the historical development of politics, economics, society and social institutions, literature, thought and international relations. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 228. (WI, D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 231 JAPANESE CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 credits)
This course entails a general introduction to Japan’s natural environments with an emphasis on the roles that humans, their cultures and societies, have played and continue to play in shaping them. Specific topics include: religion and natures, pop culture & media productions of nature, pollution, technology, and environmental politics. Also listed as ENSU 231. (D-I)

*JPNS 236 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF JAPAN (3 credits)
This course explores Japan as an object of intellectual inquiry. While looking at various aspects of culture and society in Japan, students will critically consider the ways that scholars approach the study of Japan. Students will also contemplate how scholars contribute to productions of “Japan” and things “Japanese.” Though this course is required for Japanese Studies majors, it is open to any student who is interested in thinking about Japan. (D-I)

*JPNS 238 INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN LITERATURE (3 credits)
A survey of literary texts from Asia, especially China (Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan), South Korea and Japan. Readings and discussions of short stories, novels, poems and essays in English translation that reflect each society's changing views of traditions, modernization and literary values. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. (WI, D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 244 TOURISM IN JAPAN AND THE PACIFIC (3 credits)
This course looks at Japan within the context of global processes and practices of tourism. Students will learn to employ social science perspectives to consider the political-economic, socio-cultural and environmental implications of tourist practices both in Japan and in the wider Pacific region, particularly Hawaii. Also listed as SOAN 244. (D-I)

*JPNS 305 FRENEMY POLITICS: CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES IN JAPANESE AND ASIAN RELATIONS (3 credits)
This course is a study of international relations within the context of Japan and Asian-Pacific politics and foreign policy. This course examines past, present and emerging transnational and trans-regional issues, such as territorial disputes, trade agreements and imbalances, human rights, immigration management, regional militarization, and constitutional revisionism, by way of the political and policy action or inaction of state actors in Japan and Asia. Also listed as POLS 305. (RCH)

*JPNS 342 JAPANESE CINEMA (3 credits)
A survey of Japanese cinema from early films to anime, comparing the development of Japanese cinema with other national contexts. Develops analytical skills that focus on technical details of films and how they inflect narration, character and theme. Also listed as FILM 342. (D-I)

*JPNS 343 MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE (3 credits)
Introduces representative literary texts from modern Japan, mostly from 1900 to present. Develops more advanced skills for literary analysis. Some topics include: I-novel autobiographical fiction, women's writing and modern poetry. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 344 TRADITIONS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE (3 credits)
Introduces representative classic texts from premodern Japan, approximately from 9th to 19th century. Develops more advanced skills for literary analysis. Some topics include: Heian women's literature, war epics, waka/haiku poetry, and Edo popular literature and theater. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 349 JAPANIMALS (3 credits)
This course focuses on human-animal interactions in Japanese contexts. Emphases will be on the social, cultural and ecological dimensions of these interactions. Through examinations of specific topics, including wildlife conflicts, zoos and pet keeping, students will learn to analyze the multiple contexts that inform inter-species interactions in Japan. Also listed as ENSU 349 and SOAN 349. (D-I)

*JPNS 362 CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
Examines the relationship of individual psychological functioning and cultural systems, utilizing a cross-cultural analysis of Japan vs. the U.S. as an illustrative case. Includes a major project focused on the culture(s) of a student's choice. Prerequisite: PSYC 115, 237, 238 or 239. Also listed as PSYC 362. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 364 MUSICS OF JAPAN (3 credits)
Also listed as MUS 364. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 366 THE FAMILY: EAST AND WEST (3 credits)
A seminar engaging in an interdisciplinary approach to the family from a psychological perspective. Comparative analysis of Japanese and American families allows examination of the universality of psychological processes and concepts and their dependence on the contexts of culture, social class, ethnicity and gender. A major project allows students to investigate the family in a culture of their choice. Prerequisite: PSYC 115, 237, 238 or 239. Also listed as PSYC 366. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 372 ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY (3 credits)
A survey of the history of Asians and Americans of Asian ancestry in the United States from the 18th century to the present, with emphasis on phases of immigrant history and interactions with recipient communities in the context of U.S. historical development, and on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, naturalization and citizenship and cultural identity. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 372. (WI, D-D) (AY)

*JPNS 374 MODERN JAPAN (4 credits)
A study of Japanese historical and institutional development in the early modern and modern periods, from the 15th century to the present. Topics include the Tokugawa period; the Meiji Restoration and modernization; the periods of colonialism, imperialism and militarism; postwar recovery and the economic miracle; and the challenges of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Explores economic, political, social, intellectual and international perspectives. Attention to prominent theories of development. Also listed as HIST 374. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 376 POLITICAL ECOLOGIES OF EAST ASIA (4 credits) 
Political ecology is a set of scholarly inquiries and approaches that seeks to account for the ways in which power relationships inform, shape, interact with, and are expressed through ecological relationships. This course entails an examination of political ecologies in the East Asia region. The first part of the course introduces students to political ecology approaches to studying ecological systems, and the second part employs case studies from East Asia to examine how power functions in and through ecological systems. Also listed as ENST 376. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 380 RELIGIONS OF EAST ASIA (4 credits)
An exploration of the religious and philosophical thought and practice of East Asia, focusing on Popular, Shinto, Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist traditions as manifested in the classical periods of cultural development as well as contemporary society. Prerequisite: One course in Religion (preferably in World Religions), one course in Japanese Studies or consent of the instructor. Also listed as REL 380. (D-I)

*JPNS 472 MODERN CHINA (4 credits)
A survey of Chinese historical development from the first dynasties to the present day, with emphasis on the period from the mid-14th century through the liberalizing reforms of the post-Mao era. Investigates problems of historical continuity and change, Chinese perceptions of themselves and of the West, attempts at economic and political modernization, the Maoist revolution, and the interplay between institutions and ideas. Also listed as HIST 472. (D-I) (AY)

*JPNS 473 TRADITIONAL JAPAN (3 credits) Research Credit.
A survey of traditional life and culture in Japan in a historical and institutional framework, from earliest times to around the 18th century. Topics include the state, the relationship between authority and power, social structures, economic life, philosophy, religion, the arts and literature. Also listed as HIST 473. (D-I) (AY)

JPNS 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
An individually designed advanced study of topics in the history, culture and historiography of Japan, China, Korea and other areas of East Asia, including thought, religion, literature, and literary theory and criticism. Results in a thesis or research paper.

JPNS 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (2 credits in the Fall, 2 credits in the Spring)
Japanese Studies majors enroll in this course for both Fall and Spring semesters of their senior year. In Fall semester they complete the majority of their capstone project including project proposal, solicit faculty readers, development of project in consultation with faculty evaluators, penultimate draft and related reading assignments. In Spring semester they complete final revisions of project in consultation with faculty evaluators, student presentations, professional/career development and related reading assignments. Students develop their capstone project in consultation with faculty. Projects should reflect prior coursework and the student’s major track focus: Japanese Culture and Society or Japanese Language and Linguistics. Submission of the final project and a public presentation take place in Spring Semester and are required for graduation.