Courses in Japanese

Lower Division

JAPAN 111. Elementary Japanese I (5)
Elementary language skills: fundamental grammar, idiomatic expressions, hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji characters. Reading, writing, speaking, oral-aural drills, and relationship between language and culture. (Formerly numbered Japanese 101.)


JAPAN 112. Elementary Japanese II (5)

Prerequisite: Japanese 111.
Continuation of Japanese 111. Preparation for Japanese 211. (Formerly numbered Japanese 102 and 202.)


JAPAN 211. Intermediate Japanese I (5)

Prerequisite: Japanese 112.
Continuation of Japanese 112. More kanji and grammar. Further development of language competence for advanced courses in Japanese. Preparation for Japanese 212. (Formerly numbered Japanese 201 and 303.)


JAPAN 212. Intermediate Japanese II (5)

Prerequisite: Japanese 211.
Strengthening communication skills in Japanese; various literary styles; additional kyoiku kanji. Cultural values shaping modern Japanese society; inter-cultural communication. Preparation for Japanese 311.


Upper Division

JAPAN 311. Third Year Japanese I (3)
Prerequisites: Japanese 212 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities. General Education prerequisite not required for Japanese majors.
Continuation of Japanese 212. Strengthening of communication skills in Japanese; various literary styles; cultural values shaping modern Japanese society; inter-cultural communication. Preparation for Japanese 312.


JAPAN 312. Third Year Japanese II (3)

Prerequisites: Japanese 311 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities. General Education prerequisite not required for Japanese majors.
Further strengthening of communication skills in Japanese; various literary styles; introduction of chugaku kanji. Social and economic issues in Japan and the U.S.; cultural values shaping business conduct in Japan; characteristics of Japanese management; inter-cultural communication. Preparation for Japanese 411.


JAPAN 321. Advanced Japanese Discourse (3)

Prerequisite: Japanese 212.
Development of advanced communication skills through Japanese media such as Japanese news broadcasts and television drama. Focus on listening comprehension.


JAPAN 322. Advanced Conversation Through Media (3)
Prerequisite: Japanese 311.
Development of advanced communication skills through Japanese media such as Japanese news broadcasts and television drama. Focus on oral communication.


JAPAN 332. Narratives of Japanese Popular Culture (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities.
Popular Japanese narrative traditions from 1600 to present in mainstream cultural products to include written and pictorial texts, performing arts, film, animation, and graphic novels. Class, gender, nationalism, and identity. Taught in English.


JAPAN 411. Fourth Year Japanese I (3)
Prerequisite: Japanese 312.
Continuation of Japanese 312. Further strengthening of communication skills in Japanese; various literary styles; more chugaku kanji. Social and economic issues in Japan and in the U.S.; cultural values shaping business conduct in Japan; characteristics of Japanese management; inter-cultural communication. Preparation for Japanese 412.


JAPAN 412. Fourth Year Japanese II (3)

Prerequisite: Japanese 411.
Continuation of Japanese 411. Further strengthening of communication skills in Japanese; various literary styles; most joyo kanji. Social and economic issues in Japan and the U.S.; cultural values shaping business conduct in Japan; characteristics of Japanese management; inter-cultural communication.


JAPAN 421. Japanese Literature Through Text and Film (3)
Prerequisite: Japanese 312.
Japanese literature from earliest times to present. Major works of modern Japanese fiction as a literary genre and their cinematic interpresentation.


JAPAN 422. Newspaper Reading and Advanced Composition (3)
Prerequisite: Japanese 411.
Development of reading and writing skills through texts taken from current Japanese newspapers and broadcast news.


JAPAN 480. Business Japanese (3)
Prerequisite: Japanese 411.
Commercial Japanese, with emphasis on economic principles necessary for financial analysis and management, including banking system, foreign exchange market, stock market, and derivatives. Terminology and techniques used in Japanese commercial transaction. Japanese business rhetoric.