Japanese Minor

Major in Japanese

While a Japanese major is not officially part of the curriculum, students who pursue advanced study of the language beyond the 3-year sequence (beyond JAPN 312) and take additional literature/culture classes may discuss creating an Individualized Major in Japanese (40 credits) with the Japanese program head.

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a Japanese minor (20 credits). For students who have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency (three semesters or more), the Japanese minor can provide a more rigorous study of Japanese language, literature, and culture, positioned in a larger Asian picture.

This includes the following classes:

• JAPN 212 (4)
• JAPN 311 (or 315 abroad) (4)
• JAPN 312 (or 316 abroad) (4)
• JAPN 320, 321 or 330 (4)
• One course (4) from the Asian Studies course list with a focus on Japan.
Total: 20 credits

For more help with minor requirements see this document.

For detailed descriptions of Japanese courses from the course catalog, see this document.

Note: Some of the study abroad courses taken at the Bunkyo Gakuin University can count towards the minor. For questions on credit transfer, please contact Jeff DuBois.

Courses in the JAPN 321 category (Topics in Japanese Literature):

JAPN 321A Japanese Women Writers
JAPN 321B Love in Japanese Literature & Film
JAPN 321C Introduction to Japanese Film
JAPN 321D Anime: Studies in Movement and Transformation

Courses in the JAPN 330 category (Topics in Japanese Culture):

JAPN 330A Transnational Japan
JAPN 330B Japanese Folklore
JAPN 330C Nuclear Japan: Atomic Bombs, Atomic Energy, Atomic Art
JAPN 330D Nuclear Japan: Atomic Bombs, Atomic Energy, Atomic Art (embedded study abroad course)

Advanced language study beyond JAPN 312: 

JAPN 341 Business and Professional Japanese
JAPN 371 Individual Learning Project (directed readings in Japanese, reading groups, research in Japanese for capstone projects, translation work)

Asian Studies Program courses that can count toward the Japanese minor:

HIST 319 Monsters and Modernity
HIST 314 Missionary Positions: Christianity in East Asia
ART 309D East Asian Gardens

Courses taught abroad in English:

COLG 385 Study Abroad Seminar
COLG 110 Japanese Animation/Manga/Fashion
HIST 300D Japanese Culture/Life
SA 375I Japanese Politics/Economics & Society