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  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts - Japanese Studies
  • Course description
    Minor in Japanese Studies

    The Minor in Japanese Studies is designed to provide students with an intermediate to advanced level competence in Japanese along with an understanding of various aspects of Japanese society, its civilization, its culture and its institutions.

    For a Minor in Japanese Studies students must complete 24 credits:
    JSE101a      Introduction to Japanese Language I
    JSE102b      Introduction to Japanese Language II
    JSE201a      Intermediate Japanese Language I
    JSE202b      Intermediate Japanese Language II
    JSE301a      Advanced Japanese Language I
    JSE302b      Advanced Japanese Language II
    JSE150ab    Japanese Society and Culture
    JSE310ab    Independent Study: Topics in Japanese Language and Culture

    Modern Languages Major:

    International Japanese Studies Component
    Students who have been accepted to go on exchange in Japan may apply for the International Japanese Studies component of the Major in Modern Languages.
    The component consists of 30 credits in Japanese and will constitute a concentration in Japanese Studies as part of a Major in Modern Languages. Courses are chosen prior to the exchange in consultation with the Head of the Japanese Studies section.

    Language Courses:
    JSE 100ab     Introduction to Japanese Language I-II Intensive Course     6-6-2
    This course covers the contents of Japanese 101a and Japanese 102b in one semester.

    JSE 101a     Introduction to Japanese Language I     3-3-1
    The purpose of the course is to equip students with grammatical patterns and basic vocabulary of present day, standard Japanese. Hiragana, one of the three writing systems of the language, will be gradually introduced, followed by Katakana and Kanji. Grammar sessions will be conducted in English while in drill sessions maximum use of Japanese will be expected.

    JSE 102b     Introduction to Japanese Language II     3-3-1
    Continuation of Introduction to the Japanese Language I.
    Prerequisite JSE101 or equivalent

    JSE 201a     Intermediate Japanese Language I     3-3-1
    This course introduces students to more grammatical (as well as lexical) items that can be put to immediate use. The purpose of the course is to equip the students with comprehensive grammatical patterns and vocabulary of present-day, standard Japanese at the basic level.
    Prerequisite JSE102 or equivalent

    JSE 202b     Intermediate Japanese Language II     3-3-1
    Continuation of Intermediate Japanese Language I.
    Prerequisite JSE201 or equivalent

    JSE 301a     Advanced Japanese Language I     3-3-1
    This course completes the over-all syntax of present-day Japanese, providing the students with a solid foundation for further studies in the field of their choice. The course adds more vocabulary as well as Kanji.
    Prerequisite JSE202 or equivalent

    JSE 302b     Advanced Japanese Language II     3-3-1
    Continuation of Advanced Japanese I.
    Prerequisite JSE301 or equivalent

    Courses on Japan:


    JSE 150ab     Japanese Society and Culture     3-3-0
    This course is designed to give a basic level of knowledge on the main aspects of modern Japanese society and culture. The aim is two fold: first, to present modern Japan as it might be seen by the Japanese themselves, in hope that the student might learn to perceive Japanese society and culture from a Japanese point of view, and; second, to introduce some of the minute details – the intricacies – of everyday life in Japan which the student might not be aware of, yet which will help him or her to better understand and experience the ways of Japan.

    JSE 310ab     Independent Study: Topics in Japanese Language and Culture     3-3-0
    Students will undertake projects related to some aspect of Japanese language, literature, society, and/or culture.
    Prerequisite JSE 202b or instructor’s permission

    JSE 311ab     Independent Studies II: Topics in Japanese Language and Culture II     3-3-0
    Students will undertake projects related to some aspect of Japanese language, literature, society and/or culture.
    Prerequisite: JSE 202b or Instructor’s Permission

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