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Japanese Studies

A major in Japanese consists of 32 credits of course work that includes a minimum of 16 hours required for all majors in the Core language courses JP 111, 112, 201, and 202, as well as 4 hours in WL 210.

Additional courses will be selected from the following list of content courses: IN 154, IN 170, IN 171, IN 172, IN 239, EN 359, PO 380, HI/RE 322, HI/RE 323, IS 202 Views of Japan, or any department’s relevant Independent Study chosen in consultation with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Students majoring in Japanese Studies must choose between two areas of concentration:
Culture and Media Concentration: WL 470 and IS 204 or WL 470, IS 204, and JP 480, chosen in consultation with advisors, and a minimum of 12 credits from the content courses list above as well as participation in an approved study abroad program in a
Japanese-speaking country;
Language Concentration: JP 301, WL 470 and IS 204 or WL 470, IS 204, and JP 480, chosen in consultation with advisors; plus a minimum of 8 credits from the content courses listed above as well as participation in an approved study abroad program in a Japanese-speaking country for a minimum of one full semester.
Several departmental awards may be available to support study abroad.
 
Students majoring in Japanese Studies must complete a disciplinary capstone with an interdisciplinary component, which will typically be taken from a student’s other major or minor. This will be fulfilled through WL 470 and IS 204 or WL 470, IS 204, and JP 480, determined upon consultation with advisors.

A minor in Japanese consists of no fewer than 16 credit hours taken from the following courses: JP 112 or higher in the language sequence plus choices from the content courses listed above, or any department’s relevant Independent Study chosen in consultation with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. WL 210 may count for the minor, but is not required.