Course descriptions index


Japanese


JPN F100A Elementary Japanese 1A (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Courses JPN F100A and JPN F100B are introductory courses in the Japanese language and culture with an emphasis on the spoken and written language. After completion of JPN F100A and F100B, the student will be able to continue on to JPN F102. Note: Both JPN F100A and JPN F100B must be taken to equal JPN F101, which fulfills one semester of the foreign language core requirement. (3+0)


JPN F100B Elementary Japanese 1B (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Courses JPN F100A and JPN F100B are introductory courses in the Japanese language and culture with an emphasis on the spoken and written language. After completion of JPN F100A and F100B the student will be able to continue on to JPN F102. Note: Both JPN F100A and JPN F100B must be taken to equal JPN F101, which fulfills one semester of the foreign language core requirement. Prerequisites: JPN F100A or instructor permission. (3+0)


JPN F101 Elementary Japanese I (h)

5 Credits     Offered Fall

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese. The student will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words and will learn to read and write the two syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, as well as 150 kanji. Cultural dimension is explored implicitly through language and explicitly through audiovisual materials. Courses are taught in Japanese. (5+0)


JPN F102 Elementary Japanese II (h)

5 Credits     Offered Spring

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese. The student will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words and will learn to read and write the two syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, as well as 150 kanji. Cultural dimension is explored implicitly through language and explicitly through audiovisual materials. Course is taught in Japanese. (5+0)


JPN F201 Intermediate Japanese I (h)

4 Credits     Offered Fall

The student will learn to read and write an additional 250 kanji. Conversational ability and listening comprehension enhanced by using videotape materials. Course is taught in Japanese. Prerequisites: JPN F102 or equivalent. (4+0)


JPN F202 Intermediate Japanese II (h)

4 Credits     Offered Spring

The student will learn to read and write an additional 250 kanji. Conversational ability and listening comprehension enhanced by using videotape materials. Course is taught in Japanese. Prerequisites: JPN F102 or equivalent. (4+0)


JPN F210 Beginning Kanji (h)

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Students will learn to read and write 500 basic kanji (Chinese characters) through studying their history, composition and artistic value. Prerequisites: Hiragana and Katakana recognition. (2+0)


JPN F301 Advanced Japanese (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Development of advanced conversational and reading skills. Topics may include: modern Japanese prose fiction; newspaper Japanese; advanced conversation through the study of common contractions and idiomatic usage in the standard Tokyo dialect; and a study of television drama series. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisites: JPN F202 or equivalent. (3+0)


JPN F302O Advanced Japanese (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Development of advanced conversational and reading skills. Topics may include: modern Japanese prose fiction; newspaper Japanese; advanced conversation through the study of common contractions and idiomatic usage in the standard Tokyo dialect; and a study of television drama series. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JPN F202 or equivalent. (3+0)


JPN F310 Intermediate Kanji (h)

2 Credits     Offered Spring

Continuation of JPN F210 Beginning Kanji. Students will learn to read and write additional 500 kanji (Chinese characters) through studying their history, composition and artistic value. Prerequisites: JPN F210. (2+0)


JPN F311 Advanced Kanji (h)

2 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Continuation of JPN F310 Intermediate Kanji. Students will learn to read and write additional 1000 kanji (Chinese characters) through studying their history, composition and artistic value. Prerequisites: JPN F310. (2+0)


JPN F332 Japanese Cultural Traditions and Arts (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

A study of Japanese cultural traditions and arts as influenced by the religious and philosophical systems of Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Lectures will cover a wide range of Japanese traditional arts such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, martial arts, Noh, Bunraku, and Kabuki. Course is taught in English. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F333 Twentieth Century Japanese Prose Fiction

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

A study of selected novels, short stories and film scripts in translation representative of styles and themes which characterize twentieth century Japanese literature. Analysis of each work in terms of characterization, themes, structure, style and as an expression of social problems or intellectual issues in modern Japanese society. Course is taught in English. Note: Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F377 Japanese American Experience (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Explore the historical reasons that the Japanese originally emigrated from Japan; what values and belief systems were taken from Japan; what were the economic, cultural and sociological factors that made the issei (first generation) eventually decide to stay in the US; and how the relationship between Japan and the Japanese-Americans evolved before, during and after World War II. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F431 Studies in Japanese Culture (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Further study of advanced written and spoken Japanese through essays, newspaper and journal articles, and television documentaries dealing with topics in Japanese culture. Note: Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisites: JPN F302 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F432 Studies in Japanese Language (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

In-depth study of Japanese language or literature. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: JPN F302 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F475 Seminar on Contemporary Japan (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Ties together various threads of the Japanese studies program and gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge to contemporary issues in Japan. Provides a forum for student presentations of research papers begun in Japan. Prerequisites: Upper-division semester in Japan at pre-approved program. (3+0)


JPN F482 Selected Topics in Japanese (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on topics not covered in JPN F431 or JPN F432. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: JPN F302 or equivalent; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


JPN F488 Individual Study: Senior Project (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Designed to permit the student to demonstrate ability to work with the language and the culture through the analysis and presentation, in Japanese, of a problem chosen by the student in consultation with the department. Offered normally in the semester preceding the student's graduation. Conducted in Japanese. Note: The student must apply for senior project and submit project outline by the end of the sixth week of the semester preceding the semester of graduation. Prerequisites: At least 10 credits in upper-division Japanese; or permission of instructor. (3+0+1)


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