Japanese Area Studies Major

Japanese Area Studies Major

This is a 36 credit, interdisciplinary major in Japanese Area Studies, which is a branch of the Asian Studies B.A. degree. The major, which emphasizes Japanese language and culture as well as other courses in area studies, caps off the development of programs in Japanese language and non-language courses.

Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major. A grade of "C-" or lower is NOT acceptable in any required course. This is a university rule as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • ASN 3410 Intro to East Asia
  • ASH 3440 History of Japan
  • JPN 3500 Japanese Culture and Society

Capstone/Seminar Courses (6 credits)

  • ASN 4810 East Asian Texts in Translation OR ASN 4913 Research in Japanese Studies or equivalent
  • ASN 4510 Dynamics of Asia OR ASN 4390 Modern Asia

Japanese/Area Studies Electives (9 credits)

  • Choose three (3) courses from the approved list of Asian Studies courses listed here

Language Courses (12 credits of Level 3 or higher)

Students complete four (4) courses from the list below. JPN 1130 Japanese I and JPN 1131 Japanese II are prerequisites and do not count towards the BA in Asian Studies, Japanese Area Studies major.

  • JPN 2200 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 2201 Intermediate Japanese II
  • JPN 3242 Intermediate Japanese Conversation
  • JPN 3243 Advanced Japanese Composition
  • JPN 3400 Advanced Japanese I
  • JPN 3401 Advanced Japanese II
  • JPN 3412 Advanced Japanese Conversation

If you would like to track your progress in the BA Program, a checklist for degree progress is available in the Asian Studies office or online.

Japanese Area Studies checklist