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Pre-Spring 2019 Japanese Minor Requirements


The Department offers a 30 credit undergraduate minor in Japanese (15 credits of language courses with 15 credits of additional language/literature/linguistics/culture courses). Courses taken for the minor must have a minimum grade of 2.0. No more than 15 transfer credits may count toward a Japanese language minor (note that UW study abroad program credits do not count as transfer credits).

I. 15 language credits at or above the Third-Year level:

    • JAPAN 311, 312, 313 Third-Year Japanese
    • JAPAN 345 Foreign Study: Advanced Japanese, 1-15 credits, maximum 20

Prerequisite for all Fourth-Year Japanese courses: JAPAN 313 and a minimum Third-Year Japanese GPA of 2.5.

  • JAPAN 421, 422, 423 Fourth-Year Japanese
  • JAPAN 428 Advanced Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • JAPAN 429 Advanced Writing in Japanese (3 credits)
  • JAPAN 431, 432, 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • JAPAN 445 Foreign Study: Fourth-Year Japanese, 1-15 credits, maximum 20
  • JAPAN 460 Readings in Japanese Culture (prerequisite: 2.5 in JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334)
  • JAPAN 471 Introduction to Classical Japanese (prerequisite: 2.5 in JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334)
  • JAPAN 472 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (prerequisite: JAPAN 471)
  • JAPAN 473 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (prerequisite: JAPAN 472)

II. 15 credits in additional language, literature, or linguistics courses, including:

  • JAPAN 321, 322, 323 Japanese Literature I, II, III
  • JAPAN 342 The Japanese Language
  • JAPAN 343 Japanese Language in Society
  • JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture
  • JAPAN 395 Foreign Study: Japanese Linguistics or Literature; 20 credit maximum
  • JAPAN 431, 432, 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • JAPAN 440 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
  • JAPAN 441 The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second or Foreign Language
  • JAPAN 442 Morphology and Syntax of Japanese
  • JAPAN 443 Topics in Japanese Sociolinguistics
  • JAPAN 460 Readings in Japanese Culture
  • JAPAN 471 Introduction to Classical Japanese
  • JAPAN 472 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature I
  • JAPAN 473 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature

5 of these 15 credits may be earned by courses offered in other departments such as:

  • ARCH 441 Visions of the Japanese House (3 credits)
  • ARCH 453 Japanese Architecture (3 credits)
  • ART H 317 Chado-Japanese Esthetics (this 4-credit class substitutes for a 5-credit class for purposes of the Japanese minor requirement)
  • ART H 318 Japanese Prints 1600-Present
  • ART H 321 Arts of Japan
  • HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan
  • HSTAS 424 The Emergence of Postwar Japan
  • HSTAS 441 Economic and Social History of Japan to 1900
  • MUSIC 495 Music of Japan (3 credits) note that prerequisite is MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World (5 credits)

Japan 421, 422, 423 or Technical Japanese courses may not be applied toward the 15 credits of additional language, literature, or linguistics courses required for the Minor. 300- or 400-level Japan-related courses from other departments may be used to fulfill this requirement.

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