Japanese Minor

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Minor Advisor: Michele M. Mason, Ph.D.

This 15-credit minor is designed to provide a concentration in Japanese language and an introduction to the academic fields of Japanese literature, cultural studies, and linguistics. Additionally, the minor will allow Japanese heritage speakers the opportunity to engage in language study for special purposes (such as Business Japanese, Translation, or Classical Japanese) as well as in the study of Japanese linguistics, literature, and cultural studies.

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to http://arhu.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/minors/.

Course Title Credits
Select 6 credits of Japanese language courses:6
Intermediate Japanese II (6 credits)
Advanced Japanese I (6 credits)
Advanced Japanese II (6 credits)
Traditional Japanese Language and Culture
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (3 credits)
Readings in Japanese Cultural Studies (3 credits)
The Art of Translation
Directed Study in Japanese (3 credits)
Select one Japanese linguistics course:3
History of the Japanese Language
Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis
Topics in Japanese Pragmatics
Select one Japanese literature/cultural studies course:3
Radical Transformations in Japanese Culture
Women and Japanese Literature: Japanese Literature in Translation
Modern Japanese Literature and Film (In Translation)
Japan From the Margins
The Atomic Bomb in Literature and Memory
Special Topics in Japanese Studies
Select one additional 3 credit course from the lists above.3
Total Credits15
  • At least nine of the fifteen hours must be at the 3xx or 4xx level.
  • Students must receive a "C-" or better in all courses used for the minor.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • No more than 6 of the 15 credits toward the minor may be taken at an institution other than UMCP.