Japan Studies Minor

The Japan Studies Program offers a non-teaching, interdisciplinary minor in Japan Studies through the Department on History and Philosophy and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Program's mission is to provide students with the skills and understanding they need to succeed in Japanese contexts. This program is not designed for teacher certification. The minor requires basic Japanese language proficiency and a broad knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and civilization. It includes 8 credits in Japanese language training, 12 credits in elective course work, and a 3-credit capstone course, for a total of 23 credits.

In order to receive the minor, students must successfully complete the following course work:


JPNS 101Elementary Japanese I4
JPNS 102DElementary Japanese II4
Choose four of the following:12-15
Contemporary Japan
Sex, Gender, Sexuality Japan
Popular Culture - Japan
Reinventing Japan
Age of the Shoguns
Japan's Long 19th Century
Gender in Japan
Environ, Health & Sci in Japan
Japanese Culture & Civ
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Japanese Adv Conversations
Classical Japanese Literature
Modern Japanese Literature
Others in Japanese Lit/Culture
Japanese Adv Reading & Grammar
Japanese Text and Cinema
Choose one of the following Capstone Courses:3
Undergraduate Research and Instruction
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
Sem: Japanese Lit and Culture
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
Total Credits23-26

Not all courses may be taken in the same department. At least six credits must be upper division (numbered 300 or above). Other appropriate courses, including those taken abroad, may be substituted with the approval of the Director of Japan Studies.