Japanese Courses

Core Courses

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First-Year Japanese

JAPN 101

Lessons 1-4 of Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Basic sentence structures, basic vocabulary/expressions as well as the writing system (both hiragana and katakana) are introduced. In addition, approximately 60 kanji characters are introduced.

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2011. Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 102

Continuation of JAPN 101: Lessons 5-8 of Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Approximately 60 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 120 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 101

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2011. Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 103

Continuation of JAPN 102: Lessons 9-12 of Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Approximately 60 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 145 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 102

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2011. Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 104

This course is designed for students with two years of high school Japanese or equivalent to prepare them for the intermediate level through review and development of basic structure and vocabulary. Also for students needing a review of the first year. Lessons 1-24 of Foundations of Japanese Language are covered in one quarter.

Prerequisite: Two years of high school Japanese; proficiency in hiragana, katakana, and 150 basic kanji

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2011. Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Second-Year Japanese

JAPN 201

Lessons 13-16 of Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Approximately 65 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 209 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 103

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2017. Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 202

Lessons 17-20 of Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Approximately 70 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 271 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 201

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2017. Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 201/202

This course is designed for those who have finished JAPN 104 in the fall quarter. Two-quarters worth of material (JAPN 201 and JAPN 202) is covered in one quarter. Lessons 13-20 of Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. After successful completion of this course, the students "merge" with other second-year level students in JAPN 203 classes.

Prerequisite: JAPN 104

Credits: 8

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2017. Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 203

Lessons 21-23 of Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (Second Edition) are covered. Approximately 50 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 317 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 202

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 2017. Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [Second Edition] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

Third-Year Japanese

JAPN 301

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 302

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 303

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Fourth-Year Japanese

JAPN 401: Advanced Japanese

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 402: Topics in Japanese Literature

This is a seminar, conducted entirely in Japanese, and is required of students majoring in Japanese. Advanced reading materials in Japanese literature are introduced, according to the class discussion schedule. The topic of the seminar varies according to the instructor.Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 403: Topics in Japanese Thought

This is a seminar, conducted entirely in Japanese, and is required of students majoring gin Japanese. Students are introduced to advanced materials in Japanese thought, according to the class discussion schedule. The topic of the seminar varies according to the instructor. This is a writing intensive course.

Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Additional Courses Taught in Japanese

JAPN 305: Japanese Conversation – Summer

Prerequisites & Notes: JAPN 201

Credits: 3

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 314: Japanese Phonetics

Improvement of pronunciation, familiarization with phonetic transcription, and awareness of pronunciation problems.

Prerequisites & Notes: JAPN 301 or instructor permission

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 330: Japanese Culture Through Film

Discussion of Japanese culture seen through Japanese films. Topics of discussion involve Japanese psychology, mentality, customs, society and history. This course is conducted in Japanese and is repeatable up to 8 credits. Only 4 credits of JAPN 330 may be counted toward the Japanese major.

Prerequisites & Notes: JAPN 203.

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 350: Japanese Culture, History, Society

This is a survey course that covers a broad scope of Japanese history, culture, and society. It will be taught in Japanese but will include some readings and instruction in English when deemed appropriate. It is a requirement for students pursuing a major in Japanese, but other interested students may enroll with the permission of the instructor if space permits. Specific course contents vary according to instructors.

Prerequisite: JAPN 303 with C+ or better

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 425: Teaching-Learning Process in Elementary Japanese - Fall, Winter, Spring

Practicum in Japanese tutoring for students for JAPN 101-JAPN 303. Repeatable up to 4 credits. S/U grading.

Prerequisites: Written permission of department; JAPN 303 with B or better.

Credits: 2

Grade Mode: S/U

Additional Courses Taught by Japanese Program Faculty in English

JAPN 417/LING 402: Japanese Linguistics

A linguistic survey of various aspects of the Japanese Language. This course does not presuppose previous exposure to Japanese, but it does presuppose basics of linguistics.

Prerequisite: LING 201 or equlivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks: Required: Tsujimura, Natsuko. 2007. An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (2nd edition), Oxford, UK: Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-4051-1065-5]. Optional: Shibatani, Masayoshi. 1990. Languages of Japan, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0-521-36918-5].

EAST 368: Japanese Literature in Translation

Selected readings in Japanese literary masterpieces from early modern times to the present.

Prerequisites & Notes: EAST 201 or EAST 202 or LBRL 275 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter