Japanese B.A.

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Japanese Placement Test link

Degree Requirements

Preparation: Lower-Division Courses:

  • JPN 1A Elementary Japanese (5 units)
  • JPN 1B Elementary Japanese (5 units)
  • JPN 25A Intermediate Japanese (5 units)
  • JPN 25B Intermediate Japanese (5 units)

THE ABOVE COURSES ARE NOT OPEN TO NATIVE SPEAKERS OF JAPANESE.

Required Upper-Division Courses:

  • JPN 101A Advanced Japanese (4 units)
  • JPN 101B Advanced Japanese (4 units)
  • JPN 102 Japanese Culture (3 units)

Five Courses Selected from the Following:

  • JPN 120A Modern Japanese Literature (3 units)
  • JPN 120B Classical Japanese Literature (3 units)
  • JPN 140A Modern Japanese Drama and Lyric (3 units)
  • JPN 140B Classical Japanese Drama and Lyric (3 units)
  • JPN 103 Japanese Ideography and Calligraphy (3 units)
    See students' final projects [pdf]
  • JPN 107 Japanese for Business Professionals (3 units)
  • JPN 110 Japanese Linguistics (3 units)
  • JPN 130 Readings in Japanese Culture (3 units)
  • JPN 160 Special Topics in Japanese Studies (3 units)

Other Requirements:

  • FL 100W Writing Workshop (3 units)
  • 1 year of a second foreign language (10 units)
  • Language majors are required to have a minor.
    A minor in a second language is recommended, which will simultaneously satisfy the requirement of one year of a second language.

Minor in Japanese

Minor Requirements (31 units)

Preparation for Minor

  • JPN 1A Elementary Japanese (5 units)
  • JPN 1B Elementary Japanese (5 units)

THE ABOVE COURSES ARE NOT OPEN TO NATIVE SPEAKERS.

Lower Division Courses

  • JPN 25A Intermediate Japanese (5 units)
  • JPN 25B Intermediate Japanese (5 units)


THE ABOVE COURSES ARE NOT OPEN TO NATIVE SPEAKERS.

Upper Division Courses

  • JPN 101A Advanced Japanese (4 units)
  • JPN 101B Advanced Japanese (4 units)
  • JPN 102 Japanese Culture (3 units)

Japanese B.A. Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • To develop the students' four Japanese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).
  • To develop the students' understanding of some aspects of Japanese culture, including the relationships among cultural products, practices, and perspectives.
  • To acquaint students with business manners and customs for developing communication skills useful in conducting business in Japanese.
  • To develop the students' understanding of not only traditional arts but also contemporary Japanese culture and society.
  • To develop the students' understanding of phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures of contemporary Japanese.
  • To develop experience and skills in reading and discussing Japanese modern literature from 1868 through the present.
  • To develop the students' understanding of traditional theater in Japan, as well as modern and post-modern Japanese drama.

For More Information, Please Contact:


Dr. Seiichiro Inaba
Coordinator and Advisor
Clark Hall 418K
408-924-4593
Seiichiro.Inaba@sjsu.edu


Dr. Yasue Kodoma (Yanai)
Assistant Professor in Japanese, Japanese Advisor
Clark Hall 410L
408-924-4063
yasue.yanai@sjsu.edu

Dr. Yoshimitsu Shimazu
Clark Hall 410P
408-924-4625
ymshimazu@gmail.com