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JP 101 Japanese for Global Citizens 1 (4)
This is the first semester of the first-year study of Japanese language. It introduces students to Japanese language and culture centering on conversation that deals with life situations. It also provides students with the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to Japan. Two phonetic writing systems (hiragana and katakana) are introduced.

JP 102 Japanese for Global Citizens 2 (4)
This is the second semester of the first-year Japanese. Students receive further instruction in basic skills and culture that deals with life situations. It also provides students with the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to Japan. The kanji writing system is introduced. Prerequisite: JP 101 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 111 Japanese for Global Citizens 3 (4)
This is the first semester of the second-year Japanese. Students acquire further basic grammar that enables them to communicate in a more complex manner. Students also acquire better understanding of Japanese culture through conversation and text. This course also provides students with the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to Japan. Prerequisite: JP 102 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 112 Japanese for Global Citizens 4 (4)
This is the second semester of the second-year Japanese. Students acquire further basic grammar that enables them to communicate in an increasingly sophisticated manner. Students also acquire better understanding of Japanese culture through conversation and text. This course also provides students with the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to Japan. Prerequisite: JP 111 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 201 Japanese for Living Abroad 1 (4)
This is the first semester of the third-year Japanese. Students expand use of acquired skills. The culture and current issues provide topics for reading, writing and conversation. This course also prepares students for study abroad in Japan. Prerequisite: JP 112 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 202 Japanese for Living Abroad 2 (4)
This is the second semester of the third-year Japanese. Students continue to expand use of acquired language skills. The culture and current issues provide topics for reading, writing and conversation. This course also prepares students for study abroad in Japan. Prerequisite: JP 201 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

WL 210 Languages and Their Place in the World (4)
This core course will explore the essential role played by language in the liberal arts and in the professional world. In addition students will examine the complex, often undefined relationship between language and culture, as well as strategies for learning the components of speaking, listening, writing, and reading in a foreign language. We will investigate a variety of topics which are drawn from the fields of sociolinguistics, literary and cultural studies etc. The course will begin with a general overview of what constitutes language. We will examine the different proposed hypotheses which attempt to account for the nature of the relationship between language and culture. The remainder of the course will cover a variety of topics which explore language in its social context. Some questions that we will consider include: How is language used to create and maintain social institutions and rituals? How do we use language to create different personae? How is language used by people of different genders, ethnicities, and social classes? How are social and linguistic roles acquired by children? When taken for a World Languages major or minor in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish, WL 210 is typically taken during the same semester
a student is enrolled in a FR, GE, JP, or SP course. Open to all students; no specific language prerequisite.

JP 301 Professional Japanese (4)
Development of fluency in speaking and writing Japanese through acquisition of practical vocabulary and expressions. This course also introduces the vocabulary, expressions and manners commonly found in work settings and prepares students for comprehension and communication in many common professional situations. Prerequisite: JP 202 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 450 Japanese Language and Research (4)
Continued development of fluency in speaking and writing Japanese through acquisition of practical vocabulary and expression. Students will also gain experience in conducting research using authentic Japanese materials. Students typically take this course in the spring semester of their senior year. Prerequisite: JP 301 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

JP 451, 452 Special Topics (2 – 4 each semester)
Special courses designed for topics of individual interest. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered on demand.

JP 461, 462 Independent Study in Japanese (1 - 4)
For advanced students who wish to explore some topic on Japan or Japanese culture. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

JP 463, 464 Internship in Japanese (1 - 4)
Practical experience in professional employment settings or in service learning settings either locally or abroad. Placements may be available through the department, or may be arranged by students in consultation with the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor

JP 465, 466 Independent Research in Japanese (1 - 4)

JP 267, 367, 467 Research Add-On Course in Japanese (1, 1, 1)
Students enrolled in a course outside the Department of World Languages that involves a major research project may earn credit for conducting research in Japanese. The research should be related to a major paper and/or presentation in the other discipline. A student who wishes to conduct research for a project in another field using Japanese language sources will submit a credit request to both the professor of the research related course and to the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. The course level will be determined upon consultation with the language supervisor and the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

WL 470 Departmental Capstone (2)
An extensive and directed research project or culminating experience (e.g., service learning, translation, interpretation, cultural awareness campaign, etc.) focused on an interdisciplinary topic, where one of the disciplines is FR, GE, JP, or SP. Taken in conjunction with IS204. Prerequisite: senior standing and approval of advisor(s).

JP 480 Departmental Honors Course in Japanese (2)
An honors thesis (in English) by Japanese majors based on research using authentic Japanese materials. Students can take this course in the second semester of their senior year. The thesis will be defended orally (in English) at a public presentation open to the entire Illinois College community. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

JP 490 Senior Capstone Research in Japanese Studies (4)
An extensive and directed research project on an interdisciplinary topic. Prerequisite: senior standing and approval of advisor(s).