Japanese Courses

Core Courses

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First-Year Japanese

JAPN 101: First-Year Japanese (I) – Fall

Lessons 1-6 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 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. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 1]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 102: First-Year Japanese (II) – Winter

Continuation of JAPN 101: Lessons 7-12 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 80 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 140 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 101

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 1]. Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 103: First-Year Japanese (III) – Spring

Continuation of JAPN 102: Lessons 13-18 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 80 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 220 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 102

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 2] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 104: Review of Elementary Japanese – Fall

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

Soga, Matsuo and Noriko Matsumoto. 1978. Foundations of Japanese Language. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo and Michiko Yusa. 1989. Basic Kanji. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Second-Year Japanese

JAPN 201: Second-Year Japanese (I) – Fall

Lessons 19-23 of Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese are covered. Approximately 70 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 290 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 103

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks

Banno, Eri, Yutaka Ohno, Yoko Sakane, and Chikako Shinagawa. 1999. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [volume 2] . Tokyo: Japan Times. [both the textbook and the workbook]

JAPN 202: Second-Year Japanese (II) – Winter

Prerequisite: JAPN 201

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks

JAPN 201/202: Second-Year Japanese – Winter

This course is desigend for those who have finished JAPN 104 in the fall quarter. Two-quarter worth of material is covered in one quarter. Lessons 25-30 of Fundations of Japanese Language and Lessons 1-5 of Standard Japanese 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

Soga, Matsuo and Noriko Matsumoto. 1978. Foundations of Japanese Language. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo and Michiko Yusa. 1989. Basic Kanji. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Soga, Matsuo, Yoko Koyama, and Mieko Ohso. 1987. Standard Japanese. Tokyo: Taishukan.

JAPN 203 – Second-Year Japanese (III) – Spring

Lessons 6-9 of Standard Japanese are covered. Approximately 60 new kanji characters are introduced (Cumulative number from JAPN 101 = 310 characters).

Prerequisite: JAPN 202

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Textbooks

Soga, Matsuo, Yoko Koyama, and Mieko Ohso. 1987. Standard Japanese. Tokyo: Taishukan.

Third-Year Japanese

JAPN 301: Third-Year Japanese (I) – Fall

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 302: Third-Year Japanese (II) – Winter

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 303: Third-Year Japanese (III) – Spring

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

Fourth-Year Japanese

JAPN 401: Advanced Japanese – Fall

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 402: Topics in Japanese Literature – Winter

Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

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.

JAPN 403: Topics in Japanese Thought – Spring

Prerequisite: JAPN 401 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

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.

Other Courses

JAPN 280: Kanji – Fall, Winter, Spring

Credits: 2

Grade Mode: Letter

Students learn 50 kanji characters a week.

Textbooks

Heising. 1992. Remembering the Kanji (Vol. I), Tokyo: Taishukan.

JAPN 305: Japanese Conversation – Summer; New

Credits: 3

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 314: Japanese Phonetics – Spring

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 330: Japanese Culture Through Film

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

JAPN 350: Japanese Culture, History, Society

Prerequisite: JAPN 301

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

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.

JAPN 417/LING 402: Japanese Linguistics – Irregular

Prerequisite: LING 201 or equlivalent

Credits: 4

Grade Mode: Letter

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.

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].

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

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

Credits: 2

Grade Mode: Letter