Japanese Studies Courses

The Japanese Studies program offer beginning to advanced-level language courses as well as Business Japanese and Translation Seminar. We also offer EALC-E231 and EALC-E384 in English. These courses are on Japanese culture and East Asian Nationalism respectively.

Introductory and Intermediate Courses

EALC-J 131 Beginning Japanese I (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.

EALC-J 132 Beginning Japanese II (4 cr.) P: EALC-J 131 or equivalent. 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.

EALC-J 201 Second-Year Japanese I (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 132 or equivalent. Continuation of emphasis on communicative skills. Increased attention to reading and writing skills.

EALC-J 202 Second-Year Japanese II (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 201 or equivalent. Continuation of emphasis on communicative skills. Increased attention to reading and writing skills.

EALC-J 301 Third-Year Japanese I (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 202 or equivalent. Review of grammatical points acquired in the first and second years of Japanese. More advanced level of speaking, reading, writing, and listening proficiency.

EALC-J 302 Third-Year Japanese II (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 201-EALC-J 202 or equivalent. Review of grammatical points acquired in the first and second years of Japanese. More advanced level of speaking, reading, writing, and listening proficiency.

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

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

EALC- 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.

Advanced Course (for the Minor or Major)

EALC-E 351 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.

EALC-E 384 East Asian Nationalism and Cultural Identify (3 cr.) This course explores the politics and poetics of nationalism in modern East Asia. The emphasis of this course is the complexity of the history and memory shaping nationalism in East Asia. Students will investigate the way in which the diversity of historical interpretation in East Asia recreates their cultural identities. No prerequisites.

EALC-J 401 Fourth-Year Japanese (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 302 or equivalent. Advanced level of communications skills in speaking and writing. Study of advanced grammar and reading of newspaper articles.

EALC-J 402 Fourth-Year Japanese (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 401 or equivalent. Advanced level of communications skills in speaking and writing. Study of advanced grammar and reading of newspaper articles.

EALC-J 495 Japanese Translation Seminar (3 cr.) P: EALC-J 301 or equivalent This course is designed to provide students ample opportunities to practice literal translation from Japanese to English (or English to Japanese) using machine translation tools. Students will develop the ability to recognize structural differences between Japanese and English, cross-cultural differences in stylistics, and common translation problems. Japanese culture and its aesthetic expressions will be explored through a variety of literary forms such as haiku, senryuu, tanka and short story. Through in class discussion and close readings of translated texts, students will further enhance their translation and analytical writing skills. Using ePortfolio, each student will produce several polished translations and write several short reflective essays that discuss the linguistic and cultural issues and challenges that arose during the translation process.

EALC-J 496 Overseas Studies, Hakuoh University, Japan (1.5 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Available for students who are accepted at the Japanese Language and Culture study abroad program through Hakuoh University and IUPUI.

EALC-J 497 Overseas Studies, Tsuda University, Japan (1.5 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Available for students who are accepted at the Japanese Language and Culture study abroad program through Tsuda University and IUPUI.

EALC-J 498 Individual Studies in Japanese (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of the program director. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

For specific courses offered in a specific semester, see the Schedule of Classes at Student Central.

More Info

Contact Keiko Kuriyama, Director of Japanese Studies.