Japanese B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Japanese

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 55

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all their upper-division JPNS courses presented in fulfillment of requirements for the Japanese major. All other courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better; the minimum GPA required is 2.00 in all lower-division work attempted in the major.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.


Lower-Division Core Courses29
Language Core
Culture and Civilization Core
East Asian Studies
Upper-Division Core Courses14
Major Electives12
Total Hours55

Lower-Division Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 29 total credits required.

Language Core

Complete all of the following courses:
JPNS 101Elementary Japanese I5
JPNS 102Elementary Japanese II5
JPNS 201Intermediate Japanese I5
JPNS 202Intermediate Japanese II5
Total Hours20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Culture and Civilization Core

Rule: Must complete the following course:

Complete the following course:
JPNS 150HJapanese Cult & Civiliz3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

East Asian Studies

Complete at least 2 East Asian studies or history courses on Japan or East Asia at any level that are not taught in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature department for a total of 6 additional credits.6
Chinese Poetry in Translation
CHIN 380
Chinese Folktales
GH 161H
Asian Humanities
PSCI 311
Rev & Reform Modern China
PSCI 420
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Japanese Religions
RLST 354
Topics in East Asia Religions

Upper-Division Core Courses

Note: Either JPNS 412 or JPNS 415 may be taken to complete the 14 credits. JPNS 411 is repeatable once.

Complete all of the following courses:
JPNS 301Advanced Japanese4
JPNS 302Advanced Japanese4
JPNS 411Mod Jpns Wrtrs/Thinkers (repeatable once)3
JPNS 412Intro Classical Japanese3
or JPNS 415 Adv Jpns for Professionals
Total Hours14

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Electives


  • JPNS 392 may be taken for up to 3 credits only.
  • Only 3 credits from JPNS 390 or JPNS 392 may count towards the 9 credits.
  • JPNS 391 may only be counted as an elective when the course is a Japanese literature, Japanese pedagogy/linguistics, or Japanese cultural course not part of basic Japanese language instruction.
Complete 12 credits from the following courses:12
JPNS 311
Jpns Clasc Lit Engl Trans
JPNS 312
Jpns Lit Medieval to Mod
JPNS 371
Japanese Film and Anime
JPNS 390
JPNS 391
Special Topics
JPNS 392
Independent Study
JPNS 431
Post-War Japanese Lit
JPNS 491
Special Topics
JPNS 492
Independent Study
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-