Japanese Course Descriptions

JAPN-101 Intro to Japanese Language & Culture

Intensive introductory Japanese. Training in the basic patterns and structures of Japanese. Emphasis on oral and aural skills. Japanese writing of Hiragana and Katakana is introduced from the beginning to ensure the overall development of language skills. Development of cultural awareness that influences language usage. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-102 Intro to Japanese Language & Culture

A continuation of JAPN-101. Intensive introductory Japanese. Training in the basic patterns and structures of Japanese. Emphasis on oral and aural skills. Japanese writing of Hiragana and Katakana is introduced from the beginning to ensure the overall development of language skills. Development of cultural awareness that influences language usage. Prerequisite: JAPN-101 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-201 Intermediate Japanese

Expansion of conversational skills. Development of reading and writing skills in three different characters in Japanese. Application of cultural awareness in Japanese language learning. Prerequisite: JAPN-102 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-202 Intermediate Japanese

A continuation of JAPN 201. Expansion of conversational skills. Development of reading and writing skills in three different characters in Japanese. Application of cultural awareness in Japanese language learning. Prerequisite: JAPN-201 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-301 Communicating in Japanese

Development of communicative competence in Japanese with emphasis on conversational skills. Reading and writing skills will also be practiced to expand vocabulary and cultural knowledge. Application of cultural awareness in various communication situations. Prerequisite: JAPN-202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-302 Communicating in Japanese

Development of communicative competence in Japanese with emphasis on conversational skills. Reading and writing skills will also be practiced to expand vocabulary and cultural knowledge. Application of cultural awareness in various communication situations. Prerequisite: JAPN-202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-315 Grammar and Composition

Extensive review of grammatical concepts and practice of written idiom through reading, writing, and discussing short stories, newspapers, films, and magazine articles. Development of vocabulary and grammatical constructions through composition with analysis and corrections of student's errors in class. Prerequisite: JAPN-202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-355 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-401 Topics in Contemporary Literature

Study of Japanese culture through selected topics in contemporary literature. Topics include various human relationships in Japan, love and death, aesthetic attitudes, attitudes toward religion. Extensive analysis of these topics by understanding Japanese cultural values, beliefs, norms and behavioral patterns. Taught in Japanese. Prerequisite: one 300 level JAPN course with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities and International Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-402 Selected Issues in Japanese Press

The course provides the opportunity to enhance Japanese reading skills and acquisition of cultural knowledge through newspaper and magazine article reading. Supplementary materials are brought in to broaden the student's understanding of the Japanese language, people and culture. Taught in Japanese. Prerequisite: One 300 level JAPN course with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-405 Advanced Grammar & Composition

This course provides skills for writing in Japanese and knowledge about Japanese grammar. Japanese grammar is introduced in depth in order to facilitate better writing in the target language. Students are encouraged to challenge new vocabulary, new sentence patterns, and new expressions by applying knowledge about the Japanese language, including grammar and culture when they write in Japanese. Since this is a 400-level course, students are expected to practice self-monitoring of their writing by applying knowledge of Japanese grammar rather than depending on instructor's correction. Prerequisite: one 300-level Japanese course with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-455 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

JAPN-485 Seminar in Japanese Studies

An in-depth study of various cultural issues as reflected in the literature, art, history and politics of Japan. Topics include: survey of Japanese literature in historical context; gender and society; politics and culture. Taught in Japanese. Prerequisite: One 300 level JAPN course with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

JAPN-490 Senior Capstone I

This capstone course is required of all Japanese majors. Seniors will conduct extensive projects, exploring social, cultural, linguistic or literary issues under the supervision of faculty. Emphasis will be placed on scholarly work using both Japanese and English reference, acquisition of translation techniques and critical analysis of various written materials. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits), declared Japanese major, and study abroad in Japan. Instructor's consent required. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

JAPN-491 Senior Capstone II

Continuation of JAPN 490. Seniors will finish writing a thesis following the outline and research methods proposed in JAPN 490 by applying formal Japanese writing style. Prerequisite: JAPN 490. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

JAPN-495 Research

See department for details. Independent Study contract required.
Credits: 1.00