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 Japanese Program trains students in five areas: language structure, philosophy, literary analysis, linguistics, and visual analysis. Our language classes are taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. The program supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a number of courses in linguistics, literature, and media. The program provides additional instruction in culture, literary theory, and visual media theory.

Japanese language classes at the first year, second year, and third year levels are taught in sequence.  Each level beginning with JAPN 101, JAPN 201, or JAPN 301 respectively. These classes are only offered in Fall Term. JAPN 102, JAPN 202, and JAPN 203 are taught in Winter Term. JAPN 103, JAPN 203, and JAPN 303 are taught in the Spring Term.

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 Minor

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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.