B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Japanese

The successful completion of four courses in Japanese (24 credits): JAPANESE 126, 246, 326 and 327 (or the equivalent). At least 36 credits distributed between Japanese and Linguistics courses, including the following:

Linguistics courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure

Three of the following:
404 Field Methods
411 Introduction to Language Acquisition
412 Language Processing and the Brain
414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists
503 Intermediate Syntax
505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics
510 Introduction to Semantics

Japanese courses:
Three of the following:
375 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
556 Introduction to Classical Japanese
575 Syntactic Structures of Japanese
580 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Six credits chosen from the following:
426 Readings in Modern Japanese I
427 Readings in Modern Japanese II
430 Scientific and Technical Japanese
497A Readings in Modern Japanese I
497B Contemporary Japanese I
497C Readings in Modern Japanese II
497D Contemporary Japanese II
498Y Practicum (1-3 credits)
532 Media Japanese I
533 Media Japanese II
536 Advanced Japanese I
537 Advanced Japanese II

One of the following:
135 Japanese Art and Culture
143 Literature: Classical and Medieval
144 Literature: Modern
560 Seminar in Japanese Literature

Some of the Japanese course requirements for this joint major are not currently being offered on a regular basis by University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty, but it is possible to arrange for coursework through the Five Colleges or by special arrangement with individual faculty, or by study abroad. For more information, contact the Undergraduate Adviser.

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.