Japanese

The Japanese language program introduces students to a totally different way of thinking from that to which speakers of English and European languages are accustomed. Collaborative classroom activities assist with the acquisition of the Japanese writing system, verbal and non-verbal communication, and Japanese culture. The understanding of a language and culture outside of the European sphere will benefit the student who wishes to “think globally.” Proficiency in Japanese language and knowledge of the culture will be a strong asset for people in the 21st century.

Students may elect to minor in Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary program anchored in the history department or to major in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Japanese in either the Asian Studies or Humanities track. Upper-division courses will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English. With the prior permission of their directors, JAPN 294, JAPN 394, and JAPN 499 may be counted toward the requirements of both programs.

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of our semester program in Tokyo, Japan and/or the Japanese Culture and Conversation summer or intersession course in Tokyo. Information is available at the International Center, Serra Hall, Room 201, or at www.sandiego.edu/international/study-abroad/.  

The Japanese program also has a relationship with the San Diego/Yokohama Sister City League, which provides opportunities to meet visiting students, visit Yokohama and apply for summer internships.

Courses

JAPN 101 | FIRST SEMESTER JAPANESE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

An introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing (includes Katakana and Hiragana), with emphasis on oral skills. Supplemental practice with audio-visual materials.

JAPN 102 | SECOND SEMESTER JAPANESE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Continuation of JAPN 101. Continued development of basic language skills. Increased practice in reading and writing (Katakana, Hiragana), and introduction of 130 Chinese characters used in context. Relationship between language and culture. Supplemental practice with audio-visual materials.

JAPN 140 | TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Japanese literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

JAPN 141 | TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE, FILM, CULTURE-DOMESTIC FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Japanese literature, film and/or culture with a Domestic Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

JAPN 142 | TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE, FILM OR CULTURE–GLOBAL FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Japanese literature, film and/or culture with a Global Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

JAPN 150 | JAPANESE CULTURE AND CONVERSATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: JAPN 102

A course designed for students who wish to enhance their command of spoken Japanese, including expanding vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and the use of previously acquired grammatical structures. This course is also designed to enable the student to become acquainted with the history, geography, politics, traditional arts, and literature of Japan, in addition to daily customs of Japanese society. This course will be taught in Japan during the summer or winter. The university reserves the right to cancel this course if minimum enrollment is not met, or for any other reason. Students who have earned credit in JAPN 201 and/or 202 are also invited to enroll.

JAPN 152 | JAPANESE CULTURE AND CONVERSATION

Units: 3

JAPN 194 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Japanese literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

JAPN 201 | THIRD SEMESTER JAPANESE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Further development of language competence. Practice in oral and written Japanese at the intermediate level, with emphasis on reading and basic composition. Supplemental practice with audio-visual materials.

JAPN 202 | FOURTH SEMESTER JAPANESE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: JAPN 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Continued practice in oral and written Japanese. Various styles will be introduced to develop greater accuracy and fluency. Use of authentic modern Japanese materials for better appreciation of the culture. Supplemental practice with audio-visual materials.

JAPN 293 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN JAPANESE

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Japanese are developed.

JAPN 294 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: JAPN 202

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

JAPN 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 0

JAPN 394 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: JAPN 202

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

JAPN 493 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN JAPANESE

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Japanese are developed.

JAPN 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study of special topics in Japanese literature, language, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal.

JAPN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor. A maximum of three units may be applied toward the Asian Studies minor.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Hiroko Takagi, MA