Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

In the Japanese major, students combine advanced language work with the study of Japanese linguistics and literature. The goal of the major is to produce students who are not only highly proficient in the language, but also have the capacity to work between languages and cultures. This kind of translingual and transcultural competence demands the ability to think critically about the Japanese language and about cultural products that use it as a medium; the study of linguistics gives students the tools to reflect on the form and function of the language, and the study of literature provides ways of appreciating and analyzing in cultural context what the Japanese have written over time. The major is designed for those who plan to eventually pursue Japan-oriented careers in the public and private sectors and the academy, as well as those who wish to explore and enjoy the Japanese language as a medium of social and cultural meaning.

Requirements

Basic Reading Courses (14 credits)

  • JPN 401-402 Fourth-Level Japanese Reading (4-4 cr.)(Pre: 302/305)
  • JPN 407E Readings in Original Texts: Modern Literature (3)(Pre: 402/405)
  • JPN 407B,C,D Readings in Original Texts: Non-Fiction (3)(Pre: 402/405)

Note: 407E must be taken, as well as one of the other 407's. It is recommended (but not required) that 407E be taken before 407B, C or D.

Basic Survey Courses (12 credits)

  • EALL 271 Japanese Literature in Translation: Traditional (3)
  • EALL 272 Japanese Literature in Translation: Modern (3)
  • JPN 350 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3) (Pre: 302/305)
  • JPN 370 Language in Japanese Society (3) (Pre: 302/305)

Japanese Selection Electives (9 credits)

At least 6 credits must be from courses marked with an asterisk*

  • *EALL 371B,C Traditional Japanese Literature (3)
  • *EALL 372B,C Modern Japanese Literature

    Note: A maximum of 3 credits from the EALL 371/372 series are applicable toward the fulfillment of this section's requirements.

  • JPN 415 Japanese Aural Comprehension (3) (Pre: 402/405)
  • JPN 420 Fourth-Level Spoken Japanese (3) (Pre: 402/405)
  • JPN 421 Japanese Composition (3) (Pre: 402/405)
  • JPN 423 Advanced Listening and Speaking (3) (Pre: 421)
  • JPN 425 Japanese Translation (3) (Pre: 407B, C, D or E)
  • JPN 431 Advanced Business Writing (3) (Pre: 421)
  • *JPN 451 Structure of Japanese (3) (Pre: 402/405 and 350 or Ling 320)
  • *JPN 452 Introduction to Japanese Pedagogical Grammar (3) (Pre: 407B, C, D or E; 350 or Ling 320)
  • *JPN 461 Introduction to Classical Japanese (3) (Pre: 407B, C, D or E)
  • *JPN 466 Readings in Classical Japanese (3) (Pre: 461)
  • *JPN 471 Okinawan Language and Culture I (3)(Pre: 302 or 308)
  • *JPN 472 Okinawan Language and Culture II (3)(Pre: 302 or 308 and 471)
  • *JPN 475 Introduction to Japanese Sociolinguistics (3) (Pre: 350 and 370)
  • *JPN 485 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese (3) (Pre: 407E and 407B, C or D)
  • JPN 486 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Contenporary Topics (3) (Pre: 407E and 407B, C or D)
  • JPN 490 Advanced Language Study: Japanese (3) (Pre: 485B or C)
  • JPN 493 Project Work in Japanese (3) (Pre: 402)
  • JPN 495B Internship Program: Business (3) (Pre: 431)
  • JPN 495C Internship Program: Travel Industry (3) (Pre: 320 and 370 (or concurrent))

 

Non-Japanese Selection Electives (3 credits)

Also: All Chinese and Korean language or literature courses

  • Anth 483,484 Japanese Culture and Behavior (3,3)
  • Art 380 Early Art of Japan (3) (Pre: Art 180 [may be waived for Japanese majors with the consent of the instructor])
  • Art 381 Later Art of Japan (3) (Pre: Art 180 [may be waived for Japanese majors with the consent of the instructor])
  • Asan 320B Asian Nation Studies (Japan) (3) (Pre: Asian 241-242 or consent)
  • Asan 323 The Way of Tea in Japanese History and Culture (3) (Pre: Hist 151-152) (Cross-listed as Hist 323)
  • Asan 325 Japanese Film: Art and History (Pre: Upper division standing or consent) (Cross-listed as EALL 325)
  • EALL 325 Japanese Film: Art and History (Pre: Upper division standing or consent) (Cross-listed as Asan 325)
  • Geog 352 Geography of Japan (3) (Pre: 100-level Geog course or consent)
  • Hist 321-322 History of Japan (3-3) (Pre: Hist 151-152)
  • Hist 323 The Way of Tea in Japanese History and Culture (3) (Pre: Hist 151-152) (Cross-listed as Asan 323)
  • Phil 380 Japanese Philosophy (3) (Pre: one of: Phil 100, 101, 102, 110, 200, 201)
  • Phil 449(Alpha) Philosophical Topics (Japan) (Pre: one of: Phil 100, 101, 102, 110, 200, 201)
  • Rel 490 Buddhism in Japan (3) (Pre: Rel 204, 207 or consent)
  • Soc 357 People and Institutions of Japan (3) (Pre: Soc 100, or 200-level social science core course, or consent)
  • Sp 386 Culture and Communication: Japan and the U.S. (3)
  • Thea 466 Drama and Theatre of Japan (3) (Pre: consent)

Notes

  1. Students who take both 401 and 402 must pass a minimum of 38 credits to fulfill the major requirements; students who test out of 401 must pass a minimum of 37 credits, and those who test out of both 401 and 402 must pass a minimum of 36 credits.
  2. At least 18 of the 36 required credits must be taken within the University of Hawaii system, or else through a study abroad or exchange program administered by an official University of Hawaii organ (e.g., the Study Abroad Center, the Center for Japanese Studies, etc.).
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be passed with a grade of 'C' or better in order to be applicable toward the fulfillment of one' s major requirements.
  4. Prerequisites for all Japanese courses must be passed with a 'C' or better. They may also be waived with the consent of the instructor.
  5. All Japanese majors are required to consult with the Student Adviser (Moore 378) prior to registering for each semester. Also, all students contemplating application into our graduate program are advised to discuss their plans with the Student Adviser.

Brief summary of EALL degree requirements on the UH catalog