Courses

Current Courses: Search the Course Catalog for Current Courses.
(Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. Check with the section to confirm course availability)

Language Core

JPNS 101 - Elementary Japanese I 5 Credits  
Offered autumn. Understanding of grammar and basic sentence structures are taught as a foundation for oral comprehension. The students will learn Hiragana and Katakana, two syllabic writing systems, and approximately 400 Kanji ideographs.

JPNS 102 - Elementary Japanese II 5 Credits
Offered spring. Prereq., JPNS 101. Continuation of 101.

JPNS 201 - Intermediate Japanese I 5 Credits
Offered autumn. Prereq., JPNS 102 or equiv. Reading and writing kanji; building oral/aural fluency.

JPNS 202 - Intermediate Japanese II 5 Credits
Offered spring. Prereq., JPNS 201 or equiv. Continuation of JPNS 201.

Culture and Civilization Core

JPNS 150H  Japanese Culture and Civilization 3 cr.
Offered intermittently. The historical, religious, artistic, literary and social developments in Japan from earliest times to the present.

Upper Division Core Courses
Note: Either JPNS 412 or JPNS 415 may be taken to complete the 14 credits. 
JPNS 411 is repeatable once.

JPNS 301 - Advanced Japanese 4 Credits
Offered autumn. Prereq., JPNS 202 or equiv. Development of greater reading and speaking proficiency. Vocabulary enhancement and kanji (Chinese characters) are emphasized.

JPNS 302 - Advanced Japanese 4 Credits
Offered spring. Prereq., JPNS 301 or equiv. Continuation of 301.

JPNS 411 - Modern Japanese’s Writers/Thinkers 3 Credits
Offered autumn or spring. Prereq., JPNS 302. Introduction to the important writers, thinkers, and poets of the 20th century. Readings include a wide range of topics in the humanities, including literature, philosophy, and the arts.

JPNS 412 - Intro Classical Japanese 3 Credits
Offered spring. Prereq., JPNS 302. Introduction to the language of the Japanese court, ca. 7th to 14th century. Essential features of grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, and orthography.

JPNS 415 - Advanced Japanese for Professionals 3 Credits
Offered spring even–numbered years. Prereq., JPNS 302. A high–level professional language course covering all coordinated reading, writing, and speaking skills. Intended for majors hoping to enter the Japanese job market and prepare for professional testing in Japan.

Major Electives
Must complete 12 credits from the following courses:

Note: JPNS 392 may be taken for up to 3 credits only. 
Only 3 credits from JPNS 390 (Supervised Internship) or JPNS 392 (Independent Study) may count towards the 9 credits. 
Japanese 391 may only be counted as an elective when the course is a Japanese literature, Japanese pedagogy/linguistics, or Japanese cultural course not part of basic Japanese language instruction.

JPNS 306 - Japanese for Business/Tourism 3 Credits
Offered intermittently. Prereq., JPNS 202 or equiv. Vocabulary and idiom of oral and written communication in business and tourism. Professional, ethical practices and special etiquette.

JPNS 311 – Japanese Classical Literature in English Translation 3 Credits
Offered autumn alternate years. Prereq., Composition course WRIT 101 or 201 (or transfer equiv.) with a grade of C- or better; and one approved Gen Ed writing course or WRIT 201, with a C- or better. Introduction to the classical literature of the Japanese court, ca. 7th to 14th century. Kojiki, Man'yoshu, Kokinshu, Genji Monogatari, and other major classics of the period.

JPNS 312 – Japanese Literature Medieval to Modern in English Translation 3 Credits
Offered spring alternate years. Prereq., Composition course WRIT 101 or 201 (or transfer equiv.) with a grade of C- or better; and one approved Gen Ed writing course or WRIT 201, with a C- or better. Introduction to the literature of Japan from the 15th to the 20th century.

JPNS 371 - Japanese Film and Anime 3 Credits
This course introduces students to salient events in the hundred-year history of Japanese cinema, including the age of silent film, the golden age of film directors, the New Wave, and contemporary Japanese cinema. Students will learn about Japanese cinema as the artistic expression of individual directors; they will gain a better understanding of the history of Japanese society and popular culture; and they will appreciate some of the reasons for the long-standing interest in Japan in the history of Western film studies.

JPNS 386 - History of Japanese Language 3 Credits
Offered intermittently. Prereq., JPNS 202. Overview of Japanese language history from earliest times to the modern day. Topics include the development of writing systems, changes in phonology, and issues concerning orthography and lexicon.

JPNS 390 - Supervised Internship 1 To 12 Credits
Offered intermittently. Paid work experience in Japan, combined with language/culture course work by correspondence directed by UM department staff.

JPNS 391 - Special Topics 1 To 12 Credits
(R–12) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one–time offerings of current topics.

JPNS 392 - Independent Study 1 To 6 Credits
(R–6) Offered autumn and spring. Course material appropriate to the needs and objectives of the individual student.

JPNS 412 - Intro Classical Japanese 3 Credits
Offered spring. Prereq., JPNS 302. Introduction to the language of the Japanese court, ca. 7th to 14th century. Essential features of grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, and orthography.

JPNS 431 - Post-War Japanese Literature 3 Credits
Offered spring odd–numbered years. Introduction to issues, literature, and criticism of Japanese literature from the postwar (1945) through the contemporary period, using texts in English translation.

JPNS 491 - Special Topics 1 To 9 Credits
(R–9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one–time offerings of current topics.

JPNS 492 - Independent Study 1 To 6 Credits
(R–6) Offered autumn and spring. Course material appropriate to the needs and objectives of the individual student.

JPNS 500 - Readings in Japanese 1 To 3 Credits
(R–3) Offered intermittently. Prereq., undergraduate major in Japanese or equiv. Guided readings in a selected research field.

Interested in Majoring?
The Japanese section at UM offers both a major and minor in Japanese. If you’re interested in Japan, we’d love to hear from you. Link to information on the requirements for both majoring and minoring.