BA in Japanese

For incoming students with no prior experience or course work in Japanese, the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese consists of 56 units: 20 units of lower-division (e.g. 100- and 200-level) Japanese course work, plus 36 units of upper-division (e.g. 300- and 400-level) course work, including the upper division writing requirement (MLNG 301). Depending on prior experience, course work, and/or demonstrated proficiency in the language, some or all lower-division course work may be waived. Students should consult with a Japanese advisor to be placed in the appropriate course(s) (please refer to the Japanese Advisement page). Each course counted toward the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Lower-Division Japanese courses:

Japanese 101, 102 Fundamental Japanese A, B (5 units, 5 units)
Japanese 203, 204 Intermediate Japanese A, B  (5 units, 5 units)
Japanese 214 Japanese Cultural Conversation and Composition (3 units)

Upper-Division Core Requirements (24 units):
Choose 6 units from each category:

Language (6 units):

Japanese 305* Advanced Japanese A (3 units)
Japanese 306* Advanced Japanese B  (3 units)
Japanese 307* Advanced Spoken Japanese (3 units)
Japanese 308* Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 units)
Japanese 310 International Business  (3 units)
Japanese 311 Japanese for International Business (3 units)
Japanese 408 Advanced Writing on Current Issues (3 units)
*Native speakers should consult with their advisor.

Culture (6 units, 3 of which must be either Japanese 315 or Japanese 316)

Japanese 315 Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3 units)
Japanese 316 Modern Japan (3 units)
Japanese 408 Advanced Writing on Current Issues (3 units)
Japanese 450 Japanese Culture and Society in Film  (3 units)
Japanese 485T Senior Seminar: Variable Topics in Japanese (3 units)

Literature (6 units)

Japanese 375 Introduction to Literary Forms (3 units)
Japanese 408 Advanced Writing on Current Issues (3 units)
Japanese 420 Medieval Japanese Literature (3 units)
Japanese 440 Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature (3 units)
Japanese 485T Senior Seminar: Variable Topics in Japanese (3 units)

Linguistics (6 units)

Japanese 466 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3 units)
Japanese 467 Japanese Language and Society (3 units)
Japanese 468 Japanese-English Contrastive Analysis (3 units)

Upper-Division Electives (9 units):

Choose any course listed above, if it is not taken as a core course. In addition, Japanese 499, Independent Study (1-3 units), can be taken with advisor approval.  Japanese 485T and Japanese 499 can be repeated with different topics for up to six units.