Japanese Language and Culture minor


The minor in Japanese Language and Culture consists of 21 hours distributed as follows:

Language Study (6 hours)

  • JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II

Additional study in Japanese (Choose 3 of the following for 9 hours)

  • JPN 304 Japanese Composition and Conversation
  • JPN 311 Japanese Cultural History
  • JPN 325 Japanese Myth and Folklore
  • JPN 340 Business Japanese
  • JPN 380 Topics in Advanced Japanese (may be repeated once for Additional Study if topic varies)
  • JPN 401 Japanese Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • JPN 402 Advanced Japanese Grammar and Syntax
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Electives (Choose 2 of the following or any course listed above not already taken, for 6 hours)

  • ANT 385 Peoples of East and Southeast Asia
  • ARTH 304 Survey of Asian Art
  • ARTH 359 Arts and Crafts of Japan
  • GEO 410 Geography of Asia
  • GEO 540 Cultural Geography of Asia
  • HIS 338 History of Japan
  • JPN 350 Methods of Teaching Japanese
  • MUS 106 Music of World Cultures
  • POP 345 Japanese Popular Culture
  • PHI 304 Zen
  • PHI 312 Eastern Philosophy
  • PSC 388 Politics of Asia
  • REL 350 World Religions and Ethics
  • WLL 396 (effective with the 2016-2017 catalog)

Nota bene: The program outlined above is in effect as of the fall 2013 catalog.  Students who are already in the Japanese Studies minor should use the checklist on the right labeled "2012 and earlier" and should present their program certification forms to the chair of World Languages and Literatures when they are preparing to graduate.