The Japanese major provides the training and cultural background needed for entering East Asia-related careers in such fields as higher education, the arts, business, government, international relations, and the media. Students may also consider a double major in Japanese and another discipline, such as business, international relations, economics, or journalism. After completing the prerequisite of one year of language (12 credits - JAPN101 Elementary Japanese I, six hours per week, fall; and JAPN102 Elementary Japanese II, six hours per week, spring), students must complete 42 credits for the major course requirements (24 language, 6 civilization/history, 12 elective).
Program Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to ask and answer questions (including requests) about a range of everyday topics, using passable grammar, vocabulary, and speech style(s) appropriate to specific social contexts. They will also be able to use a Kanji-English dictionary and a Japanese-English dictionary (either electronic or hard copy) in order to look up readings of Chinese characters and English meanings. Finally, they will also demonstrate strong skills in interpreting a variety of literary, cultural, and historical texts and indicate a nuanced and deep understanding of the diversity of Japanese literature(s) and culture(s).
Placement in Courses
For information about the Foreign Language Placement Assessment, go to: http://www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa.
Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit.
|JAPN201||Intermediate Japanese I||6|
|JAPN202||Intermediate Japanese II||6|
|JAPN301||Advanced Japanese I||6|
|JAPN302||Advanced Japanese II||6|
|Select an Option:||6|
|East Asian Civilization I|
|History of Japan Since 1800|
|East Asian Civilization II|
|History of Japan to 1800|
|Courses that fulfill the literature requirement for the major include (3xx-level or above):||3|
|Masterpieces of Classical Japanese Literature in Translation|
|Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation|
|Japanese Literature in Translation|
|Special Topics in Japanese Studies|
|Courses that fulfill the linguistics requirement for the major include (3xx-level or above):||3|
|History of the Japanese Language|
|Introductory Japanese Linguistics|
|Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis|
|Topics in Japanese Pragmatics|
|Courses that fulfill general elective requirements (3xx-level or above):||3|
|Readings in Modern Japanese Literature|
|Readings in Japanese Cultural Studies|
|The Art of Translation|
|The Languages of East Asia|
|Pertinent courses at the 3xx or 4xx level in History and Art History can apply toward the general elective requirements||3|
Electives must be in Japanese language, literature, linguistics, or other East Asian subjects (one must be in the area of Japanese linguistics and one in the area of Japanese literature), and are subject to approval by the student's advisor.
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
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