Major & Minor Information

Japanese, BA

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55 credits

Introduction

In keeping with the aim of providing the skills needed to learn about a culture in depth, the department trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. The department supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of courses in linguistics. Literary analysis is essential to a student’s understanding of the highest achievements in aesthetic expression of a culture’s values. The department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory, with an end to enabling the student to gain access to the intellectual life in the culture. The department imparts skills to future foreign language teachers so that they may similarly enable high school students to begin the acquisition of foreign languages.

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Make an appointment with the Japanese advisor. For Japanese advisor information, contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at 360-650-3918 or go HERE.

When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:

  • An “Official Declaration of Undergraduate Major” form (available at the Department Office)
  • An unofficial WWU transcript
  • Documentation for courses taken at other colleges or universities
  • Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned

 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. A GPA of 2.50 or above in major is required.

 

Japanese, BA

University Catalog Page (click here to see major requirements)

24 credits

Introduction

The study of a language minor allows students to enrich their major program with language skills and cultural understanding. The department believes that the best way to understand a culture is through its language. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study-abroad opportunities. Language courses are complemented by courses in areas such as culture, literature, and linguistics.

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Make an appointment with the Japanese faculty advisor. For Japanese advisor information, contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at 360-650-3918 or go HERE.

When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:

  • An “Official Declaration of Minor” form (available at the Department Office)
  • Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned

 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. A GPA of 2.50 or above in Japanese courses is required.