Japanese Studies (JPN)

Academic Catalog: 2012–2013

  • Toshiyuki Sakuragi, Program Director
  • Florence Amamoto (English)
  • John Cha (Religion)
  • Richard Leitch (Political Science)
  • David Tôbaru Obermiller (History)
  • Lianying Shan

Japanese Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to become familiar with various aspects of Japanese culture: language, literature, history, politics, art, and religion. Students majoring in Japanese Studies are required to study in Japan for at least one semester. The major culminates in the production of a scholarly paper on some aspect of Japanese culture, written in the senior year under the guidance of one of the participating faculty members.

Major: (10 courses)

  1. Courses in Japanese
    1. Elementary and Intermediate Japanese: JPN-101, JPN-102, JPN-201, JPN-202, or equivalent.
    2. One Japanese language course beyond JPN-202 taken at an approved institution in Japan.
  2. Courses in English
    1. Four of the following (or other courses studied in Japan): HIS-170, HIS-175, HIS-278, JPN-170, JPN-270, POL-255, REL-235, REL-355.
    2. Senior paper.
  3. A minimum of one semester of full-time study in Japan.

Courses for the major (including any transfer courses) and the proposal for the senior paper must be selected in consultation with a Japanese Studies advisor and be approved by the program director. No more than two courses per semester of work done in another institution will be accepted as a part of the major, and the coursework in Japan must be approved by the program director prior to departure.

Courses must be graded C or better to fulfill the requirement for the major. This grade requirement does not include courses taken in Japan.

Minor: (7 courses)

  1. Courses in Japanese: JPN-101, JPN-102, JPN-201, JPN-202, or equivalent.

  2. Courses in English: Three of the following (or other courses studied in Japan), selected in consultation with a Japanese Studies advisor: HIS-170, HIS-175, HIS-278, JPN-170, JPN-270, POL-255, REL-235, REL-355.

At least three of the courses presented for the minor must be taken at the College, including at least two language courses. No more than two courses per semester taken in another program will be accepted. The study abroad curriculum must be approved by the program director prior to departure.

Courses must be graded C or better to fulfill the requirement for the minor. This grade requirement does not include courses taken in Japan.

  • 101, 102 Beginning Japanese I, II
  • 201, 202 Intermediate Japanese I, II
  • 251, 252 Conversation and Composition I, II
  • 175 History of Pre-modern East Asia
  • 270 Modern Japanese Literature & Culture
  • HIS-170 Introduction to Modern East Asia
  • HIS-278 Introduction to Modern Japan
  • POL-255 East Asian Politics and Development
  • REL-235 Zen and Japanese Culture
  • REL-355 Buddhist Philosophy