Japanese

Requirements for the Japanese Minor (declared Fall 2017+)

Requirements for the Japanese Minor (declared before Fall 2017)

 

(New) Requirements for the Japanese Minor
(for those declared Fall 2017 and after)

Requirements for the minor in Japanese consist of SIX courses.

• Intermediate language requirement (2 courses):

JAPAN 201
JAPAN 202

☆ If a student places out of JAPAN 201 and/or 202, he/she must substitute it/them with content courses listed below or related courses approved by the minor advisors or department chair.

• Advanced Intermediate language requirement (2 courses):

JAPAN 301
JAPAN 302

☆ If a student places out of JAPAN 301 and/or 302 (in addition to JAPAN 201 and 202), he/she must substitute it/them with upper-level content courses listed below (300 or higher) or related courses approved by the minor advisors or department chair.

• Non-language (content/culture) course electives (2 courses):

Students must choose 2 courses from the list below and use them as Japanese minor electives.

ART 212L Traditional Japanese Architecture
ART 256 Arts of Japan
ART 356L Japanese Architecture
ART 362L Japanese Art from 16th to 20th Centuries: Japan and the West
ASIAN/RELSTY 232L Asian Religions: Buddhism and Taoism
ASIAN/RELSTY 234L Religion and Culture in Japan
ASIAN/RELSTY 358L Psychology, Politics, and Philosophy in East Asia
ASIAN/MDNLNG 265 Icons of East Asia
ASIAN/MDNLNG 366L Remade in Asia
ASIAN/MDNLNG 488L The Idea of Asia
ASIAN 480 Topics in East Asian Studies
ECON 337 Emerging Economies of Asia
HIST 363L Modern Japan
JAPAN 205 Japanese Pronunciation
JAPAN 252 Premodern Japanese Culture
JAPAN 260 Japanese Theatre
JAPAN 270 Introduction to Japanese Culture
JAPAN 276 Postwar Japanese Cinema
JAPAN 378/379 Independent Study
JAPAN 478/479 Reading and Research
PHIL 297 Asian Philosophy

Important Policies:

• Please note that all students will be required to complete six courses regardless of their language proficiency when they enter the program.
• No course fulfilling the requirements for the minor may be taken pass/fail.
• The maximum number of transfer courses that can be counted toward the minor is 3.
• Only one course in the Japanese minor can be double-counted toward any other major.

 

Requirements for the Japanese Minor
(prior to Fall 2017 semester)

The Japanese minor consists of seven courses: three required core courses, two upper level language courses, and two electives.

N.B. If the student places out of JAPAN 201, the required number of courses will be six. If the student places out of both JAPAN 201 and 202, the required number of courses will be six (in this case the student must take an additional course at 200-level or above from the departmental course listings—see below).

Required Core Courses:

JAPAN 201 and 202 (Intermediate Japanese I and II), and

One other 200-level course on Japanese culture from the Department’s offering

Students who place above JAPAN 201: as stated above, the total number of required courses will be six.

Student who place above JAPAN 202: students in this category must take an additional elective course at the 200- or 300-level chosen from the approved list of departmental and non-departmental courses (see below).

2 courses beyond Japan 201-202 must be taken within the department.

Upper Level:

JAPAN 301 (Advanced Japanese)
JAPAN 302 (Readings in Japanese)

Elective:

Two courses in English from a list approved by the department (consisting of departmental and non-departmental courses at the 200-level or higher). No more than one can be a non-departmental course or transfer course from another institution.

Only one course in the Japanese Minor can be double-counted toward any other Major. Courses taken P/F cannot be counted toward the Minor

Departmental Courses that Count Toward the Minor:

JAPAN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
JAPAN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
JAPAN 250 Modern Japanese Literature
JAPAN 252 Premodern Japanese Culture
JAPAN 260 Japanese Theater (listed as Japanese Theatre)
JAPAN 270 Japanese Popular Culture (listed as Introduction to Japanese Culture)
JAPAN 276 Postwar Japanese Cinema
JAPAN 301 Advanced Japanese I
JAPAN 302 Advanced Japanese II
JAPAN 378/379 Independent Study
JAPAN 478/479 Reading and Research

Non-Departmental Courses that Count Toward the Minor:

ART 256 Arts of Japan
ART 356 Japanese Architecture
ASAMST 350 Asian American Literary Voices
ASAMST 370 Asian American Media Literacy
ASIAN 480 Topics in East Asian Studies (also offered as MDNLNG 390)
HIST L363 Modern Japan
RELSTY L232 Asian Religions: Buddhism and Taoism 

RELSTY L358 Psychology, Politics, and Philosophy in East Asia 

PHIL 297 Asian Philosophy
SOCIO 220 Survey of East Asian Societies
SOCIO 221 Sociology of Japan

"Ganbatte! Ganbatte!"

"Ganbatte! Ganbatte!" (a Japanese cheer that translates roughly to good luck) echoed through Clark Athletic Center recently as students from the Japanese program participated in an annual "Undookai" (Field Day) event. Undookai is an annual event in schools in Japan. It's the one way that Japanese school children learn the value of teamwork. UMass students got to experience first hand the power of teamwork as they competed in teams against each other in a series of games like tug-of-war, relay races, three legged races, and a scavenger hunt. Students reported having a great time meeting fellow Japanese language students, experiencing a Japanese tradition and getting to know each other better through teamwork.