WLAC Undergraduate

Course Descriptions

Japanese Studies (4-letter subject code: EALC - Eastern Asian Language & Culture)

Minor in Japanese

The minor in Japanese studies may be of particular interest to students in business, social sciences, and other languages and interdisciplinary subjects. It includes both language and literature and other Japanese area studies courses.

The minor in Japanese studies consists of 15 credit hours in Japanese studies or related courses approved by the program coordinator, excluding courses at the 100 level. At least 6 credit hours taken toward the minor must be at the 300 level or above. The following courses fulfill the requirements. Prerequisite: completion of first-year college Japanese or equivalent.

E231 Japan : The Living Tradition (3 cr.)

E351 Studies in East Asian Culture (3-6 cr.)

E472 Modern Japanese Fiction (3 cr.)

G467-G468 History of Japan I-II (3-3 cr.)

J201-J202 Second-Year Japanese I-II (3-3 cr.)

J301-1302 Third-Year Japanese I-II (3-3 cr.)

J393-J394 Japanese Literature in Translation I-II (3-3 cr.)

J310 Japanese Conversation (3 cr.)

J330 Business Japanese (3 cr.)

J401-J402 Fourth-Year Japanese I-II (3-3 cr.)

J498 Individual Studies in Japanese (1-3 cr.)

I360 Individualized Major in Japanese

This program provides an opportunity for students who wish to major in Japanese studies. They will construct individually a program to fit their academic interests. The program is overseen by a faculty director and monitored by the committee for the individualized major.

Study Abroad

Indiana University offers mature and motivated undergraduates direct IU credit for study for an academic year at the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University in Nagoya , Japan . This program emphasizes intensive study of Japanese in combination with courses in English on various aspects of Japanese culture and society and the applied arts. This program is open to students of all majors who have completed at least fourth-semester Japanese and have attained a 3.0 GPA. In addition, students with first-year proficiency may apply to the semester program at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo .

Courses in Japanese Studies

J131-J132 Beginning Japanese I-II (4-4 cr.) Introductory language courses designed for students who have not had any prior training in Japanese. Drills for basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Japanese.

J201-J202 Second-Year Japanese I-II (3-3 cr.) P: J131-J132 or equivalent. A continuation of practice in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Japanese.

J301-J302 Third-Year Japanese I-II (3-3 cr.) P:J201-J202 or equivalent. Review of grammatical points acquired in the first and second year of Japanese. More advanced level of speaking, reading, writing, and listening proficiency.

J310 Japanese Conversation (3 cr.) P: J202 or equivalent. Designed to develop conversational skills through controlled linguistic patterns, reports, and group discussion. More advanced level of oral communication.

J330 Business Japanese (3 cr.) P: J202 or equivalent. Emphasis on acquisition and use of business vocabulary, idiom, and style. Oral practice is emphasized.

J393-J394 Japanese Literature in Translation
I-II (3-3 cr.)
Survey of the classical genres of Japanese literature. I: Ancient period to end of Momoyama. II: Tokugawa and modern periods.

J401-J402 Fourth-Year Japanese (3-3 cr.) P:J301-J302 or equivalent. Advanced level of communications skills in speaking and writing. Study of advanced grammar and reaing of newspaper articles.

J498 Individual Studies in Japanese (1-3 cr.) P:consent of the program Coordinator. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

E231 Japan : The Living Tradition (3 cr.) An introduction to the patterns of Japanese culture: society, history, visual arts, literary masterpieces, performing arts, and living religious traditions.

E351 Studies in East Asian Culture (3-6 cr.) Selected issues and problems of importance to the understanding of East Asian culture, taught within one of the humanistic disciplines. May be repeated once for credit.

E472 Modern Japanese Fiction (3 cr.) The novels, short stories, and theories of fiction of prominent Japanese writers of the modern period.