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Japanese Studies in an interdisciplinary field including the study of the language, culture, literature and the arts of Japan. Japanese is important for the fields of philosophy and history, technology and new media, the arts, international cuisine and tourism.

The Program in Japanese Studies offers:

  * An Individualized Major in Japanese Studies
  * A Minor in Japanese Studies

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. Courses should be chosen in consultation with the Director of the Program. Prerequisite: completion of first-year college Japanese or equivalent.

This program also 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.

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Major and Minor Requirements

The major objectives of the program in Japanese Studies are to provide students with adequalite ability to understand, speak, read, and write the Japanese language, and to give students a general introduction to Japanese culture, literature, and society. Courses offered in English provide students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese with an introduction to various facets of Japanese studies.

The Individualized Major in Japanese

Students may design a major in Japanese Studies through the Individualized Major Program

The Individualized Major requires a minimum of 34 credit hours. Two courses are required of all students:

I360 Individualized Major Plan (1 cr. hr.)

and I460 Individualized Major Senior Project (3 to 6 credit hours). The remaining courses (30 or more credit hours) for Japanese individualized majors include:

EALC J201-202: Second-Year Japanese
EALC J301-302: Third-Year Japanese
EALC J310: Japanese Conversation
EALC J330: Business Japanese
EALC J393-394: Japanese Literature in Translation
EALC J401-402: Fourth-Year Japanese
EALC J498: Individual Studies in Japanese

The Minor in Japanese Studies

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 fifteen (15) credit hours in Japanese Studies or related courses approved by the program coordinator, excluding courses at the 100 level. At least six (6) credit hours taken towards the minor must be at the 300 level or above. The following courses fulfill the requirements and require first-year Japanese as a prerequisite:

  • E231: Japan: The Living Tradition
  • E351: Studies in East Asian Culture
  • E472: Modern Japanese Fiction
  • G367-G368: History of Japan I & II
  • J201-J202: Second-Year Japanese I & II
  • J301-J302: Third-Year Japanese I & II
  • J310: Japanese Conversation
  • J330: Business Japanese
  • J393-J394: Japanese Literature in Translation I & II
  • J401-J402: Fourth-Year Japanese I & II
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Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. Study abroad options include a semester-long, or year-long program at Hakuoh University, Japan . For details contact the Coordinator of Japanese Studies.

IUPUI signed an agreement for tuition-free student exchange with Hakuoh University in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, Indiana’s Sister State since 1999. The agreement, signed by Vice President Joji Kamioka of Hakuoh University and IUPUI’s Executive Vice Chancellor, Uday Sukhatme and Dean Robert White of Liberal Arts, will enable IUPUI students to attend Hakuoh University where they will learn Japanese tuition-free; Hakuoh students will attend IUPUI tuition-free in their majors. Both universities seek to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical education by emphasizing applied knowledge and civic engagement. The agreement was endorsed by Governor Tomikazu Fukuda of Tochigi Prefecture, who was present at the signing after having been the guest of honor at the 2006 Midwest US-Japan.