Japanese Major

With the B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the University Catalog on “Graduation Requirements.”  No more than 48 units in Japanese courses can apply to the degree.  Students majoring in Japanese must complete a minor in another field to be approved by the departmental advisor in Japanese. 

All students with transfer credits must take the placement test at the Student Testing, Research, and Assessment Office at SDSU. 

Note: Speakers of Japanese who have completed compulsory education through junior high school in Japan, or those who pass level one of the Japanese Language Proficiency Tests, created and edited by the Association of International Education and Japan Foundation, or equivalent, will receive no credit for Japanese 311, 312, 321, 322, 411, 412, 421, and 422.  

Preparation for the Major

Japanese 111, 112, 211, 212. (20 units)


A minimum of 24 upper division units in Japanese to include 12 units from Japanese 311, 312, 411, 412, and four courses selected from Japanese 321, 322, 421, 422, 480, or a Japan content course approved by the major advisor. No more than one upper division Japanese course taught in English may be applied to the major