japanese major

New Japanese (565) Major


The major in Japanese requires 12 courses (of 3 credits or more) distributed as follows: 


  1. Six courses in Japanese language above the 100-level.
  2. Four courses in Japanese literature, history, and/or culture (under subject code 565).
  3. One course chosen from East Asian Civilizations: Traditional Era (098:241) OR East Asian Civilizations: Modern Era (098:242) OR Global East Asia (098:250).
  4. Capstone Seminar on East Asian Studies (098:444).



Japanese (565) Minor


Minors will be introduced to the cultural heritage of Japan through courses on literature, history, visual culture, language and linguistics. Minors will be able to communicate effectively (listening, speaking, and writing) in Japanese and will learn critical skills in analyzing and interpreting literary and cultural materials appropriate to the student’s area of specialization. Students will achieve advanced linguistic competency and be able to demonstrate practical skills in using Japanese for translation and interpretation. Students will be able to relate relevant issues to other areas in the humanities.


The minor in Japanese consists of four courses in the Japanese language above the 100-level plus two additional elective courses (of 3 credits or more) in the area of concentration (subject code 565). The elective courses may be language courses or culture courses.