Japanese - JPN

JPN F100A Japanese Culture and Conversation IA (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. Does not meet Perspectives on the Human Condition requirements, or Foreign Language major or minor requirements. (3+0)

JPN F100B Japanese Culture and Conversation IB (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. Does not meet Perspectives on the Human Condition requirements, or Foreign Language major or minor requirements. Prerequisites: JPN F100A or instructor permission. (3+0)

JPN F100E Japanese Culture and Conversation IIA (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This is the first semester of second-year exploration of Japanese culture and conversation and requires completion of JPN F100B with a grade of C- or higher. This course does not meet Perspectives on the Human Condition requirements, or Foreign Language major or minor requirements. Prerequisites: JPN F100B or instructor permission. (3+0)

JPN F100F Japanese Culture and Conversation IIB (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This is the first semester of second-year exploration of Japanese culture and conversation and requires completion of JPN F100E with a grade of C- or higher. This course does not meet Perspectives on the Human Condition requirements, or Foreign Language major or minor requirements. Prerequisites: JPN F100E 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. Prerequisites: JPN F101 or equivalent. (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 F201 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 F302 O 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 F301 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 F330 Classical Japanese Literature (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

A survey of the major works and genres of Japanese prose and poetry from the 8th to 18th centuries including Heian tales (monogatari), medieval folk tales and military chronicles, and the playful literature of the Edo period. Major emphases include the Tale of Genji, the Tale of the Heike and mastering the conventions that continue to be both adapted and subverted in modern Japanese literature. Course is taught in English. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JPN F331 W Women's Voices in Japanese Literature (h)

3 Credits


A close reading of selected novels, short stories, poems, and diaries by Japanese women from the tenth century to the present which reveal the personal, social, aesthetic and intellectual concerns of women in different periods of Japanese history. Focus on the changing role of women in Japanese society, the role of women writers as social critics, and cross-cultural differences and similarities in women's issues. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL/FL F200X; ENGL F211X or F213X or permission of instructor; Recommended: HIST F121 or HIST F122 or HIST F331. Cross-listed with WGS F331. (3+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 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)