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Japanese

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Japanese (120 Credits)

A minimum of 34 credits beyond the 203 level (or the equivalent level in competence) in the major language is required for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures. 101, 102, and 203 do not count toward the major. Students who place into 102 and receive a B or better qualify for an additional 4 departmental advanced placement credits; students placing into 203 or above and receiving a B or better qualify for 8 departmental advanced placement credits. A maximum of 8 departmental AP credits is possible. See school for details.

Majors must complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.

Students are admitted to the Japanese major upon making their intentions known to the School of Languages, Cultures and Race. However, no course in which a C- or lower grade is earned will be counted toward the major. 300-400-level courses taken pass, fail may not be included for credit toward the major. No course may be repeated for credit toward the major unless thus designated in the catalog. No course may count for both the major and the minor.

Majors and prospective majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, living in the target culture and enhancing their fluency. Many accredited study abroad programs are available; students should work with their advisers in the selection of a program.

Of the 34 credits required for the major, a minimum of 15 must be taken in residence with 6 of these credits at the 400 level. A maximum of 12 credits per semester or 18 credits per year earned in a study abroad program may be applied toward the major. Credits for 105, 205, 305, 405 may not be applied toward the major.

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.

All majors must complete an exit proficiency examination during the semester in which they complete the last language course of their major. There is a fee charged for the exam.
First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab14
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
FOR LANG 101, 110, 120, 130, or 2203
JAPANESE 101, 102, 203, or Elective 24
JAPANESE 105 or Elective1
Second TermCredits
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
JAPANESE 102, 203, or Elective24
JAPANESE 111, 120, 123, or 1313
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Electives33
Second Year
First TermCredits
JAPANESE 203 or Elective24
JAPANESE 205 or Elective1
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab14
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives33
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
JAPANESE 204 4
JAPANESE 205 or Elective1
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Area Studies Courses 43
ASIA 330 [M], CHINESE 311 [M], JAPANESE 320 [M], or JAPANESE 322 [DIVR]53
JAPANESE 306, 307, 308, or 3613
Electives36
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
ASIA 330 [M], CHINESE 311 [M], JAPANESE 320 [M], or JAPANESE 322 [DIVR]53
FOR LANG 440 if teaching major or Electives4
JAPANESE 305 or Elective1
JAPANESE 306, 307, 308, or 3613
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ASIA 330 [M], CHINESE 311 [M], JAPANESE 320 [M], or JAPANESE 322 [DIVR]53
FOR LANG 441 if teaching major or 300-400-level Electives63
JAPANESE 305 or Elective1
JAPANESE 306, 307, 308, or 3613
Electives66
Second TermCredits
Area Studies Courses 43
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Electives 69
Language Proficiency Exam

Footnotes
1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
2Student must meet proficiency requirement to enroll in JAPANESE 204.
3Electives must be represented by an approved university minor in a second foreign language; 16 credits in a concentrated related field; or a second major in another field. Electives should include sufficient 300-400 level coursework to meet University requirement of 40 upper division credits.
4Area Studies courses: Students must take 6 credits in Japanese-related courses from CES 313, 314, 315, 411, and 413; ASIA 275, 374, 387, 477, and 479; FINE ART 302; PHIL 314 and 315; or as approved by advisor.
5Students who do not take JAPANESE 322 must take another course to fulfill University Diversity [DIVR] requirement.
6Electives may need to include up to 6 credits of major coursework at the 400-level to meet the major requirement. Approved courses are JAPANESE courses and Area Studies courses, or as approved by advisor. The University requires a minimum of 40 credits of 300-400-level coursework.

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