Japanese Language and Literature Programs

The Japanese Language and Literature Program offers a major and a minor in Japanese.

Major in Japanese Language and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • 1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2. Prerequisite courses: JAPN 1001-2, 2003-4, or equivalent.
  • 3. Required for the major--JAPN 3105-6, 4109, 3111-12, and 18 additional credit hours of upper level Japanese courses; plus 6 hours in related upper level courses outside the program, as approved by the program advisor. (Effective Fall semester 2014)

Requirement Worksheet

Minor in Japanese Language and Literature

Minor in Japanese language and literature--Prerequisite: JAPN 1001-2, 2003-4; or equivalent. The minor consists of JAPN 3105-6 and 12 additional credit hours of upper level Japanese courses, of which 3 credit hours must be chosen from JAPN 4107-8, 4109-10, 4121-22. (Effective Fall semester 2014)

Courses in Japanese Language and Literature and Course Descriptions

1001-2 Beginning Japanese I-II (4-4) Hamano, Tsujioka, and Staff
Fundamentals of grammar and pronunciation, with graded reading and practice in writing. Laboratory fee. Japn 1 is prerequisite for Japn 2. (Academic year)

2003-4 Intermediate Japanese I-II (4-4) Tsujioka, Hamano, and Staff
Continuation of grammar, with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Japn 1002; Japn 2003 is prerequisite for Japn 2004. (Academic year)

3105-6 Intermediate Japanese III-VI (3-3) Seya
Continuation of reading of basic texts, writing of short pieces, conversation, systematic review of grammar. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)

3111-12 Japanese Literature in Translation (3-3) Hanami
An introductory survey of traditional and modern Japanese literature read in English translation: love and nature poetry; theater (classical drama, puppet plays); fiction; diaries. (Academic year)

3162 Japanese Culture Through Film (3) Hamano
Survey of the Japanese cultural heritage presented through films. Topics include literature, philosophy, art, religion, and social history from pre-historical times to the modern era. Lectures and discussion in English. (Spring)

4107-8 Readings in Modern Japanese (3-3) Hamano, Hanami
Readings in selected modern literary works, social science materials, and documentary materials. Prerequisite: Japn 3106 or equivalent. (Academic year)

4109 Introduction to Bungo: Literary Japanese (3) Hanami
Introduction to Bungo, the literary Japanese used in official government documents up to WWII, newspapers and journals through the Meiji period, and literature from the prose of the Tales of Ise to the 20th century poetry of Tawara Machi. Prerequisite: Japn 3106 or approval of instructor. (Fall)

4110 Readings in Classical Japanese (3) Hanami
Readings in premodern texts in Japanese literature, history, and philosophy. Prerequisite: Japn 4109 or approval of instructor. (Spring)

4121-22 Advanced Conversation & Composition I-II (3-3) Sato
Productive skills at the extended discourse level, topic-specific practice on commonly used speech patterns and writing formats. Prerequisite: Japn 3106 to 4121, and Japn 4121 to 4122. (Academic year)

4185-86 Directed Reading (3-3) Staff
Reading of material in the student's field of interest. Admission by permission of instructor. (Academic year)

4198-99 Proseminar: Readings for the Major in Japanese Language and Literature (3-3) Hamano, Hanami
Conferences for advanced readings, research and methodology. Prerequisite: Japn 3106 to 4198, Japn 4198 to 4199. (Academic year)


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