Japanese - Minor

The Minor in Japanese is an academic program open to all students in the university. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature and combines courses in Japanese language and culture with electives in Japanese studies, as well as a capstone project. The minor is a valuable complement to the academic portfolio of any student majoring in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, who wishes to add an international dimension to their intellectual profile. In addition, Japanese studies faculty offer study abroad programs in order to enrich student learning experiences and cultural knowledge while helping students attain higher proficiency in the language.

Students must complete JAPN 101 and JAPN 102 before they may declare a minor in Japanese.

Core Courses
JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese I4
JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II4
JAPN 301Upper Level Japanese I3
JAPN 302Upper Level Japanese II3
JAPN 491Research1
Elective Course
Select one of the following: 13
Seminar in Film Studies
World War II in Asia and the Pacific
Modern East Asia
Twentieth Century Japan
Japanese Language and Culture through Manga
Pacific Rim Business Behavior
Gender in Asia
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must earn a C or better in all minor coursework.

Capstone Project

A capstone project completed in an approved upper-division Japanese course is required of all students pursuing a minor in Japanese during their final year of the program. The capstone project allows students to integrate knowledge and skills about topics pertaining to Japanese language, culture, history, geography, etc. that they gained through their previous classes, study abroad experience in Japan, or personal readings. Students will consult and regularly meet with an advisor to complete a reading/writing assignment about a topic of their interest pertaining to Japan.