Japanese Language Major / Minor / Certificate Requirements

Declaration in or after Fall 2009

Last update: May 2017

Major Coordinator

Ryoko Osada (osada@tuj.temple.edu)

Major Overview

The Japanese major program at Temple University, Japan Campus is a unique undergraduate degree program designed to offer a comprehensive four-year Japanese language curriculum in a JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) setting. It aims to achieve advanced and well-balanced proficiency in Japanese so that students will be well-equipped with linguistic skills and fully prepared to examine socio-cultural aspects of Japan and Japanese literature.

University and College of Liberal Arts Requirements

Students will follow College of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate (B.A.) Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Language Requirements

  Course Title Credits
Japanese 2702 TUJ - Japanese Intermediate II 4
Japanese 3001 Advanced Japanese I 3
Japanese 3002 Advanced Japanese II 3
Japanese 4001 Advanced Japanese III 3
Japanese 4002 Advanced Japanese IV 3

Prerequisites: JPNS 1001, JPNS 1002, and JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent placement. Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who are exempted from JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 may begin with JPNS 2702 or higher level, in accordance to the placement assessment.

Language Skills

  Course Title Credits
Select four of the following: 12
Japanese 2003 Oral Intensive Japanese II  
Japanese 2301 Kanji II  
Japanese 2631 Structure of Japanese Language I  
Japanese 3000 Special Topics in Japanese I (Introduction to Consecutive Translation for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese I)  
Japanese 3003 Advanced Japanese Writing  
Japanese 3010 Special Topics in Japanese II (Introduction to Consecutive Translation for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese II)  
Japanese 3096 Intermediate Writing in Japanese  
Japanese 3631 Structure of Japanese Language II  
Japanese 4003 Advanced Oral Japanese  

Note: Students who have placed out of JPNS 2702 must take ONE additional Language Skills course. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3001 must take TWO additional Language Skills courses. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3002 must take THREE additional Language Skills courses.

Area Studies Electives

  Course Title Credits
Select three courses from the pre-approved course list: 9
Anthropology / Asian Studies 2238 Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan  
Anthropology / Asian Studies 2373 Japanese Culture  
Anthropology / Asian Studies 2351 Japan in a Changing World  
Asian Studies / History 2502 Introduction to East Asia: Japan  
Asian Studies / Art History 2815 Japanese Art  
Asian Studies / Sociology 3247 Ideology and Social Change in Japan  
Asian Studies/History 3541 Japan Today  
Asian Studies / History / GSWS 3542 Women and Society in Japan  
Geography and Urban Studies 3076 Metropolitan Tokyo  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2011 Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2012 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2015 Tokyo in Literature and Film  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2016 Mystery and Crime Fiction in Japan  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2021 Japanese Literature in Film  
Japanese 3000 Special Topics in Japanese I (Japanese Communication and Culture I)  
Japanese 3010 Special Topics in Japanese II (Japanese Communication and Culture II)  
Religion 3301 Japanese Religions  
Religion 3302 Japanese Buddhism  

Japan Area Studies Writing Intensive (WI)

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Japanese 2096 / Asian Studies 2098 Japanese Popular Culture and Literature  
Asian Studies 4096 Seminar in Asian Studies (The course topic must focus on Japan exclusively)  
Asian Studies 4096 / History 4697 Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society  

This course must be taught in English.

Capstone

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Japanese 4196 Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Japanese Society and Culture through Newspaper  
Japanese 4296 Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Business  
Japanese 4396 Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Literature  

For a comprehensive list of courses that fulfill the Language Skills and Area Studies requirements, please refer to the following:

Minor Overview

The Minor in Japanese emphasizes language study while also recognizing the importance of learning about Japan through work in fields such as literature, history, anthropology, and religion. This program will be of particular interest to students interested in careers in academia, business, government, or other professions where Japanese language proficiency is important.

Minor Requirements

Language Requirements

  Course Title Credits
Japanese 2702 / 2002 Japanese Intermediate II 3-4
Japanese 3001 Advanced Japanese I 3
Japanese 3002 Advanced Japanese II 3

Prerequisites: JPNS 1001, JPNS 1002, and JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent placement. Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who are exempted from JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 may begin with JPNS 2702 or higher level, in accordance to the placement assessment.

Note: Students who have placed out of JPNS 2702 must take ONE additional elective course. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3001 must take TWO additional elective courses. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3002 must take THREE additional elective courses.

1 Additional Course

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Japanese 2096 / 2996 Japanese Popular Culture and Literature  
Asian Studies 2098 Japanese Popular Culture and Literature  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2011 Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern  
Japanese / Asian Studies 2012 Modern & Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation  
Japanese/ Asian Studies 2021 Japanese Literature in Film  

2 CLA courses that focus exclusively on Japan

  Course Title Credits
Select two of the following: 6
Anthropology / Asian Studies 2373 Japanese Culture  
Geography and Urban Studies 3076 Metropolitan Tokyo  
Asian Studies / History 2502 Intro to East Asia: Japan  
Asian Studies / History 3541 Japan Today  
Asian Studies / History / GSWS 3542 Women and Society in Japan  
Religion 3301 Japanese Religions  
Religion 3302 Japanese Buddhism  
CLA Other CLA courses concerning Japan  

For a comprehensive list of courses that fulfill the CLA course requirements, please refer to the following:

Certificate of Specialization in Japanese Overview

The Certificate of Specialization in Japanese focuses on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Japanese socially and professionally. This program will be of particular interest to students considering careers in international business, government service, or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. This program also contributes to meeting the diverse language needs of students with personal or academic interests in Japan and its culture.

Certificate of Specialization in Japanese Requirements

Language Requirements

  Course Title Credits
Japanese 1001 Japanese Elements I 4
Japanese 1002 Japanese Elements II 4
Japanese 2701 / 2001 Japanese Intermediate I 3–4
Japanese 2702 / 2002 Japanese Intermediate II 3–4
Japanese 3001 Advanced Japanese I 3
Japanese 3002 Advanced Japanese II 3

Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently.