Japanese Courses

Courses in Japanese (designated JAPN) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the arts and humanities
  • a major or minor in East Asian studies
  • an AA in General Studies with foreign language area studies curriculum
  • a certificate in foreign language area studies
  • electives

For further information refer to Foreign Languages.

Elementary Japanese I (3 Credits, JAPN 111)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese: assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese. Students with prior experience with the Japanese language should take a placement test to assess appropriate level.) An introduction to spoken and written Japanese language. The objective is to communicate in Japanese in some concrete, real-life situations using culturally appropriate language; read and write hiragana; and read some katakana words in context.

Elementary Japanese II (3 Credits, JAPN 112)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese.) Prerequisite: JAPN 111 or appropriate score on a placement test. A continued introduction to spoken and written Japanese. The goal is to communicate in Japanese in concrete, real-life situations using culturally appropriate language; read and write katakana; and recognize some kanji characters in context. Practice is provided in improving pronunciation and developing the oral and written skills used in everyday communication.

Elementary Japanese III (3 Credits, JAPN 114)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese.) Prerequisite: JAPN 112 or appropriate score on a placement test. Further study of spoken and written Japanese. The aim is to communicate in Japanese in a variety of concrete, real-life situations, using culturally appropriate language and to expand recognition of kanji characters in context. Practice is provided in improving pronunciation and developing the oral and written skills used in everyday communication.

Elementary Japanese IV (3 Credits, JAPN 115)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese.) Prerequisite: JAPN 114 or appropriate score on a placement test. Further development of skills in elementary spoken and written Japanese. The aim is to interact effectively with native speakers of Japanese in a variety of real-life situations using culturally appropriate language and to recognize and distinguish more commonly used kanji characters in context. Practice is provided in fine-tuning pronunciation and applying language skills to a range of contexts.

Intermediate Japanese I (3 Credits, JAPN 221)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese.) Prerequisite: JAPN 115 or appropriate score on a placement test. Development of skills in intermediate spoken and written Japanese. The aim is to interact effectively with native speakers of Japanese in a range of personal and professional situations and to recognize and read approximately 275 Japanese characters in context. Focus is on using culturally appropriate language in a variety of contexts.

Intermediate Japanese II (3 Credits, JAPN 222)

(Not open to native speakers of Japanese.) Prerequisite: JAPN 221 or appropriate score on a placement test. Further development of skills in intermediate spoken and written Japanese. The aim is to communicate effectively with native speakers of Japanese in a broad range of personal and professional situations and to recognize and read approximately 320 Japanese characters in context. Practice is provided in interacting with others in a variety of interpersonal contexts.

Intermediate Japanese III (3 Credits, JAPN 224)

Prerequisite: JAPN 222. Continued advanced integrated study of Japanese. Emphasis is on reading, writing, and cultural phrases.

Intermediate Japanese IV (3 Credits, JAPN 225)

Prerequisite: JAPN 224. Continued advanced integrated study of Japanese. Emphasis on reading, writing, and cultural phrases.

Japanese Society and Culture (3 Credits, JAPN 333)

(Formerly ASTD 333. Fulfills the general education requirement in the arts and humanities. Conducted in English.) A study of the origin and historical background of contemporary Japanese society and culture. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ASTD 333 or JAPN 333.