College of Liberal Arts
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits
This program provides an in-depth study of Japanese language and culture aimed at applying linguistic skills and cultural insights to specific career opportunities.
Japanese is classified among the most difficult of foreign languages for American students. The highlight of the major is, therefore, one semester of intensive study in Japan during the junior or senior year. This interdisciplinary program culminates in a senior seminar on contemporary Japan. Students will begin their research project for the seminar while studying at our exchange university, Nagoya Gakuin, or at another pre-approved program. Students are encouraged to use this major in conjunction with a discipline-based major.
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
GEOG 311WGeography of Asia (3)
or PS 321International Politics (3)
or PS 464WEast Asian Governments and Politics (3) 3 credits
HIST 122East Asian Civilization (3)
or HIST 331Modern Japan (3) 3 credits
JPN 301Advanced Japanese** (3) and
JPN 302OAdvanced Japanese** (3)
or JPN 431Studies in Japanese Culture (3) and
JPN 432Studies in Japanese Language (3)
or equivalent in Japan (6) 6 credits
JPN 331WWomen’s Voices in Japanese Literature (3)
or JPN 332Japanese Cultural Traditions and Arts (3) 3 credits
JPN 397Advanced language study in Japan (12)
or JPN 497Advanced language study in Japan (12) 12 credits
JPN 475Seminar on Contemporary Japan 3 credits
- Complete 1 career concentration area:*** 6 credits
- Minimum credits required 120
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** These courses are offered in the Japanese language. Students may study in
Japan during their junior year, as long as they complete a minimum of 18 credits
of Japanese language at the upper division level to fulfill the Japanese studies
core requirements. 15 credits of language may be taken in Japan, and at least
three upper division language credits must be taken in residence at UAF.
*** Complete 2 additional courses (minimum 6 within or closely related to the
minor discipline at the upper division level. Because Japanese Studies is an
interdisciplinary program, students are required to select a minor within a specific
discipline. For example, general business minor with two additional courses in
marketing. Written approval of advisor required.
Note: Students planning a double major for a single B.A. may double count a maximum
of 9 credits from the major requirements toward a second major. Students earning
two degrees (BA/BBA) are not subject to double counting restrictions.