Japanese Course of Instruction

JPN 101 - Beginning Japanese I: Language and Culture

An introduction to Japanese language and the culture in which it is embedded. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture at the beginning level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall semester.
Credits: 4

 

JPN 102 - Beginning Japanese II: Language and Culture

Continuation of JPN 101. Further study in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture at the beginning level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in JPN 101 or instructor approval based on interview.
Credits: 4

 

JPN 150 - Accelerated Beginning Japanese I and II: Language and Culture

One semester accelerated beginning Japanese for students with prior study. Requires prior ability to actively use hiragana and katakana. Covers the same material as JPN 101 and JPN 102. Course offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 
Credits: 4

 

JPN 180 - Special Topics in Japanese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 100-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese I: Language and Culture

Continuation of JPN 102 or JPN 150. Continued study of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture at the intermediate level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in JPN 102 or instructor approval based on interview.
Credits: 4

 

JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese II: Language and Culture

Continuation of JPN 201. Continued study of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture at the intermediate level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in JPN 201.
Credits: 4

 

JPN 221 - Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Culture (to 1600)

This course explores Japanese literature and culture from antiquity to 1600. Readings will consist primarily of primary sources in English translation, including literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, and theater. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Fulfills foundations - Philosophy and Literature. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered winter semester, every third year.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 222 - Early Modern Japanese Literature and Theatre (1600-1868)

This course explores Japanese literature and theatre during the Edo Period, from 1600 through the end of the 19th century. Readings will consist primarily of literary and theatrical works in English translation as well as history, philosophy, religion, art, etc. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Fulfills Foundations - Arts. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered winter semester, every third year.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 224 - Post-World War II Japan through Literature and Film

This course examines contemporary Japan through the lens of literature and film from the end of the Pacific War in 1945 to the present. Readings consist mainly of primary sources in English translation. No prior knowledge of Japanese is necessary. Fulfills Foundations - Philosophy and Literature. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered fall semester, every other year.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 280 - Special Topics in Japanese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 200-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. No more than four credits can be applied to the minor or major. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

JPN 301 - Advanced Intermediate Japanese

As a continuation of Japanese 202 - Intermediate Japanese II, students will use the basic language skills developed in the first two years to discuss Japanese culture in the target language, developing linguistic accuracy and sophistication, expanding their range of familiar topics and vocabulary, and enhancing cultural awareness and sensitivity. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: JPN 202 or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 302 - Advanced Intermediate Japanese II

This course is a continuation of Advanced Intermediate Japanese (JPN 301). Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: JPN 301 or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 323 - Modern Japanese Literature and Film 

This course examines Japan's modern period through the lens of literature and film from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 until the end of the Pacific War in 1945. Readings consist mainly of primary sources in English translation. No prior knowledge of Japanese is necessary. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Part of the Identity Issue. Offered winter semester, every third year. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 380 - Special Topics in Japanese

Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 386 - Traditional Japanese Theater

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

JPN 399 - Independent Reading

Offered fall and winter semesters.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

JPN 480 - Special Topics in Japanese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 400-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4