Japanese Major and Minor Programs

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LANGUAGE MAJORS
• Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in upper-division language courses
• UM writing requirements: WRIT 101, an approved lower-division writing class, WPA Exam, and an approved upper-division writing class
• UM requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation
• UM-required perspectives
• UM-required 39 upper-division credits
• See UM catalogue for Minor and Area Studies requirements

Japanese Major Requirements

Japanese Majors are required to take the following courses (37 credits):

_____ JPNS 150H Japanese Culture and Civilization (3 cr)
_____ JPNS 101, 102 Elementary Japanese (10 cr)
_____ JPNS 201, 202 Intermediate Japanese (10 cr)
_____ JPNS 301, 302 Advanced Japanese (8 cr)
_____ JPNS 411 Modern Japanese Writers and Thinkers (3 cr)
_____ JPNS 412 Introduction to Classical Japanese (3 cr) OR
_____ JPNS 415 Advanced Japanese for Professionals (3 cr)

Students must also take 12 credits from the following courses, one of which must be a Japanese literature course marked (*), these fulfill the upper-division writing requirement (all are 3 credits):

_____ JPNS 306 Jpns For Business and Tourism
_____ JPNS 311* Classical Jpns Literature in Translation
_____ JPNS 312* Medieval to Modern Jpns Literature in Translation
_____ JPNS 386 History of the Jpns Language
_____ JPNS 391/491 Special Topics (variable theme/credit); may be counted only if the course is in the
area of Jpns lit, linguistics, or culture.
_____ JPNS 393 Omnibus (variable credit; may count up to 3 credits only)
_____ JPNS 412 Introduction to Classical Jpns (if not used above in place of JPNS 415)
_____ JPNS 431* Postwar Jpns Literature

Finally, Japanese majors must also complete 6 credits from courses devoted to Japan or East Asia taught outside the MCLL department; these must be approved in advance by the student’s advisor. Suitable examples include:

_____ LS 161H Introduction to Asian Humanities
_____ LS/HSTR 240 East Asian Civilizations
_____ RELS 232H Buddhism
_____ RELS 238 Japanese Religions
_____ RELS 354 Topics in East Asian Religions
_____ RELS 360 Classics in Buddhist Literature
_____ HSTR 343 Modern Japan
_____ PS 329 Politics of Japan
_____= 49 Credit Hours Total (not including 6 outside credits)

Japanese Minor Requirements

In Japanese, 101-102, 201-202 and 150H (JPNS 210H), as well as 9 credits in Japanese literature or other courses from among the following: JPNS 306, 311, 312, 386, 390 (up to 3 credits only), 393 (up to 3 credits only), 412, 431, and 491 (495). Students may substitute either Japanese 191 (195) (3 credits) or Japanese 291 (295) (3 credits) for one of the above. Also permitted in substitution would be one course from outside the department, if it has a substantial Japan–related element: Asian studies, Japanese history, etc.