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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Japanese Course Offerings

  • 121 -- Elementary Japanese. (4) Grammar and practical vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills. Assumes no prior experience in the language.
  • 122 -- Basic Proficiency in Japanese. (3) Practice and further development of essential listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Admission only by successful completion of Japanese 121. 
  • 123 -- Accelerated Introductory Japanese. (7) Intensive introduction to grammar and practical vocabulary necessary for fundamental listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Admission only to highly motivated students who obtain the permission of the department. Equivalent to 121 and 122. Offered only in the summer.
  • 221 -- Intermediate Japanese I. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 122 or 123) Review and continuation of fundamentals of the language; development of oral and reading skills.
  • 222 -- Intermediate Japanese II. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 221) Review and continuation of fundamentals of the language; development of written and oral expression.
  • 223 -- Accelerated Intermediate Japanese. (6) (Prereq: JAPA 122 or 123, or consent of instructor) Intensive intermediate language practice emphasizing oral communication. Admission only to highly motivated students who obtain permission of the department; credit not awarded for both JAPA 223 and 221-222. Offered only in the summer.
  • 224 -- Reading and Writing Japanese. (3) (prerequisites JAPA 121 and 122) Acquisition and advancement of kanji literacy and writing skills.  Development of foundational skills to review basic kanji and to aid in inferring the meaning of higher level kanji. Covers 250 kanji characters with complementary instruction through many mediums (brush writing, postcards, meishi)
  • 240 -- Introduction to Japanese Culture. (3) Introduction to Japanese culture through an examination of cultural elements such as traditions, arts, history, geography, people, society, and religion. Taught in English.
  • 321 -- Advanced Japanese I. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 222 or 223, or consent of instructor) Improvement of skills in conversation and composition; advanced reading in modern Japanese materials.
  • 322 -- Advanced Japanese II. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 321) Continuation of 321, with emphasis on strengthening proficiency in the use of Kanji.
  • 323 -- Accelerated Advanced Japanese. (6) (Prereq: JAPA 222 or 223, or consent of instructor) Intensive advanced language practice of modern spoken Japanese. Admission only to highly motivated students who obtain permission of the department; credit not awarded for both JAPA 323 and 321-322; offered only in the summer.
  • 331 -- Japanese for Business I. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 222 or 223, or consent of instructor) Development of language skills specific to the Japanese business world and its practices.
  • 332 -- Japanese for Business II. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 331) This is a continuation of JAPA 331.
  • 340 -- Introduction to Japanese Culture and Literature. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 222 or 223, or consent of instructor) Introduction to Japanese literature and its cultural background up to the modernization of Japan. Conducted in English, but some background of Japanese is required.
  • 341 -- Modern Japanese Literature. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 340 or consent of instructor) Survey of modern Japanese literature and its cultural background up to the present. Conducted in English, but some knowledge of Japanese is required.
  • 350 -- Japanese Culture and Society through Film. (3) Examination of Japanese culture and contemporary society using selected films. Taught in English.
  • 351 -- Japanese Culture and Society through Theatre. {=THSP 369} (3) Introduction to Japanese traditional theatre and its influences on Japanese culture and society. Taught in English.
  • 353 -- Japanese Culture and Society through Animation (3) Examination of Japanese culture and contemporary society through the study of popular animation. Taught in English.
  • 398 -- Selected Topics. (3) Intensive study of selected topics in Japanese literature and culture. May be repeated for credit under different suffix. Taught in English.
  • 399 -- Independent Study. (3-6) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and department chair is required for undergraduate students.
  • 421 -- Advanced Japanese III. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 322, 323, or consent of instructor) Development of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing through advanced studies of authentic Japanese materials.
  • 422 -- Advanced Japanese IV. (3) (Prereq: JAPA 421) Strengthening proficiency in writing and reading.
  • 500 -- Japanese Language in Society. {=LING 546} (3) Japanese language and communication in its sociocultural context; emphasis on comparison with American English. Taught in English.