Major Code: JAPAN
BA degree awarded
44 hours to complete
12 courses required
For the Declaration of Major Form, contact the department:


Language: JPN 202 and four more courses at the 300 and 400 levels (a total of five courses). All course progressions must be approved by the program’s language coordinator. Electives: Four electives are required (totaling at least 12 credit hours). A minimum of two must be from List A. The remainder may include another from List A, or one from List A and one from List B, or two from List B (a total of four courses). Students who are placed beyond 202 will take additional courses from lists A and B to equal the number of language classes skipped. No courses for the major maybe taken S/U. Students must receive at least a C in each course taken for the minor.


List A

JPN 234 Japanese Linguistics

JPN 270WR Introduction to Japanese Culture

JPN 372WR Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature

JPN 378WR Postwar Japan through its Media

List B

EAS 250/CHN250/JPN 250 Introduction to East Asian Studies

JPN 232 Language Usage in Japanese Society

JPN 275 Nature and Culture in Japan

JPN 360 Japanese Modern Women Writers

JPN 361 Genji: Sensuality and Salvation

JPN 362 Samurai, Shoguns, and Women Warriors

JPN 363 Literary and Visual Culture in Japan

JPN 374 Japanese Literature: Reading and Writing the Classics

JPN 375 Topics in Japanese Studies

JPN 451 Great Writers of Modern Japan

PS 328 Politics of Japan and East Asia

FS 395 Japanese Film

HIST 371 Medieval and Early Modern Japan

HIST 372 History of Modern Japan

Language requirements may be fulfilled by demonstrating equivalent mastery of the language through oral and written examination administered by REALC.