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Japanese Major Requirements

Prerequisites (24 credits)

Japanese 126*: Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Fall) 6 credits

Japanese 246: Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Spring) 6 credits

Japanese 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Fall) 6 credits

Japanese 327: Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Spring) 6 credits

*Japanese 126 can be replaced by a combination of Japanese 110 “Non Intensive Elementary Japanese I” and Japanese 120 “Non Intensive Elementary Japanese II”.

**These prerequisites can be waived by placement test.


Required Courses—pre-advanced Language (6 credits)

Japanese 497B        Contemporary Japanese I (Fall) 3 credits

Japanese 497D        Contemporary Japanese II (Spring) 3 credits


Language Electives—advanced language (12 credits)

Japanese 497A: Readings in Modern Japanese I (Fall; may be taken w/497B) 3 credits

Japanese 497C: Readings in Modern Japanese II (Spring; may be taken w/497D) 3 credits

Japanese 496T: Practicum and Tutorial | variable credits

Japanese 532: Media Japanese I (Fall) 3 credits

Japanese 533: Media Japanese II (Spring) 3 credits

Japanese 536: Advanced Modern Japanese I 3 credits

Japanese 537: Advanced Modern Japanese II 3 credits

Japanese 597C: Problems and Methods in Translation 3 credits

Japanese 597F: Business Japanese 3 Credits


Literature and Culture Electives—upper level culture/literature (9 credits)

Select from among the following, or other approved upper-level courses.

Japanese 235: Japanese Performing Arts 3 credits

Japanese 297B: Japanese Popular Culture 3 credits

Japanese 375: Introduction to Japanese Linguistics 3 credits

Japanese 391S: Japanese Women Writers 3 credits

Japanese 397M: Japanese Buddhism & the Literary Arts 3 credits

Japanese 499C: Honors Thesis Seminar: The Samurai 4 credits

Japanese 499D: Honors Thesis Seminar: Rebels and Martyrs 4 credits

Japanese 556: Introduction to Classical Japanese 3 credits

Japanese 557: Classical Japanese II 3 credits

Japanese 570H: Research in Japanese Source Materials 3 credits

Japanese 580: Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language 3 credits        

Japanese 597A: Manuscript Japanese 1 credit (repeatable)

Chinese 450: Elementary Classical Chinese


Literature and Culture Electives—survey level culture/literature (6 credits)

Select from among the following, or other approved survey-level courses:

Japanese 135: Japanese Arts and Culture 4 credits

Japanese 143: Literature: Classical and Medieval 4 credits

Japanese 144: Literature: Modern 4 credits

Japanese 197L: Manga and Anime 3 credits

Japanese 197N: Asian Homosexualities 3 credits

Japanese 197C: Japanese Religions 3 credits

Japanese 197K: Postwar Fiction 3 credits

Japanese 197T: Japanese Literature before 1600 3 credits


Junior Year Writing (3 credits)

Japanese 391G: Junior Year Writing 3 credits


Integrative Experience

Select 3 credits from the following:

Japanese 494SI: Shinbun: Newspapers as Modern Culture 3 credits

Japanese 494 RI: Communicating in Japanese 3 credits


Students must achieve a grade of C or better in a course for it to be counted toward the major. Students must have a minimum GPA in the major of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements in Japanese Language and Literature.

No pass/fail options will be accepted for those courses used toward completion of the requirements for the major. (Courses designated as mandatory pass/fail, however, may be considered for credit toward this major. Consult your advisor.)

Double majors need to complete the junior year writing requirement in only one of their majors. The Integrative Experience requirement needs to be fulfilled in their primary major. Only 6 credits from other institutions within and without the Five College consortium may be applied to this major. This shall not apply to credits transferred from study abroad

*Some courses approved and occasionally taught by Japanese faculty are not listed here. For more information, contact Professor Stephen Forrest (sforrest@asianlan.umass.edu) or Professor Stephen Miller (smiller@asianlan.umass.edu).