JPN (Japanese)

JPN 101, JPN 102 Elementary Japanese I, II (4 hours each)

This is a one-year course sequence in beginning Japanese aimed at developing basic skills in speaking, reading, writing and aural comprehension. The kana and kanji writing systems are introduced. Prerequisite: None for JPN 101; JPN 101 or placement by testing (Sec. 6.4.4.) for JPN 102.

JPN 200 Independent Study in Japanese (1-4 hours)
This course provides the opportunity for an intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)


JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I (4 hours)

A continuation of elementary Japanese, the first semester of the second-year sequence focuses on conversational skills and vocabulary building and extends the student’s proficiency in reading and writing. Aspects of the Japanese culture and society are also explored. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or permission of the instructor.


JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II (4 hours)

This course consolidates and integrates the student’s knowledge of basic grammatical patterns and introduces advanced grammatical structures. Further practice in reading and writing prepares the student to pursue further study in areas related to his or her major. Audio-visual materials are used more extensively to supplement the main text. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or permission of the instructor.


JPN 250 Princes, Hermits and Courtesans: Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation (4 hours)

This course is a survey of Japanese literature from the classical, medieval and early modern periods. Students will read and analyze selections from poetry, court diaries, historical epics, vernacular literature and early modern drama. Background on the social, aesthetic and religious foundations of Japanese literature will be presented. The importance of women’s writing will be addressed, as will the interplay between “high” and “low” forms of literature. Readings will include selections from The Tale of Genji, The Tale of the Heike, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Life of an Amorous Woman and The Tale of the Forty-seven Samurai.  All readings will be in English. Prerequisite: COR 102.


JPN 251 Identity and Nation in Modern Japanese Literature (4 hours)

Identity and nation will be investigated through readings in modern fiction from the late nineteenth century to the present.  Thematic units will focus on the influence of European notions of literature, gender and sexuality, writers and the war, and identity in the post-bubble era. Readings will include works by Mori Ogai, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Mishima Yukio, and Murakami Haruki.  Class discussions will be supplemented by lectures on history and culture.  All readings are in English translation. 

JPN 290, JPN 291 Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture I, II (1-4 hours each)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.

Specifically, these Japanese courses explore topical aspects of the literature and cultural phenomena associated with the Japanese language through readings in English in this course.


JPN 400 Advanced Independent Study in Japanese (1-4 hours)
This course provides the opportunity for an advanced, intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)

JPN 490, JPN 491 Advanced Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture I, II (1-4 hours each)

Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.

JPN 495 Internship in Japanese (1-12 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to have an application (which satisfies all internship requirements developed by the academic program that oversees the internship) and to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study. All internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course.