2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Japanese (JPN)

JPN 1105 - Elementary Japanese (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of the Japanese language with emphasis on developing proficiency in practical language use and cultural competency. 1105 is for students with no prior knowledge of the language; 1106 is for students who have completed 1105, or more than one year, but less than three years of high school Japanese.

JPN 1106 - Elementary Japanese (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of the Japanese language, with emphasis on developing proficiency in practical language use and cultural competency. 1105 is for students with no prior knowledge of the language; 1106 is for students who have completed 1105, or more than one, but less than three, units of high school Japanese.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 1105 
JPN 2105 - Intermediate Japanese (3 credits) 

Emphasizes comprehension of written and spoken Japanese, communication in Japanese; study of some literature and culture of the Japanese people. 2105 is for students who have completed 1105 and 1106 or equivalent. 2106 is for students who have completed 2105 or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 1106 
JPN 2106 - Intermediate Japanese (3 credits) 

Emphasizes comprehension of written and spoken Japanese, communication in Japanese; study of some literature and culture of the Japanese people. 2105 is for students who have completed 1105 and 1106 or equivalent. 2106 is for students who have completed 2105 or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 1106 
JPN 2744 - From Atom to Akira: Japan���s Pop Culture (3 credits) 

Analysis of Japanese popular culture through anime (animation), manga (comics), and video games. Introduction of important socio-cultural issues in Japan such as language, ideology, identity, gender, race, class, and nationalism. Exploration of the domestic and global popularity of these mediums and their socio-historical contexts, styles, and characteristics. Fostering of cross-cultural awareness and intercultural understanding by addressing global challenges and opportunities in Japan through popular culture. Taught in English.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
JPN 2964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 2974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 3105 - Advanced Japanese (3 credits) 

3105: Practice in communication skills in Japanese both orally and writing, including review of grammar, directed composition and conversation, with an emphasis on pronunciation, cultural competency, and oral expressions. Not recommended for native speakers. 3106: Reinforcement of oral proficiency, reading, grammar, and writing skills, allowing students to explore a broad range of texts of general and professional interest. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 2106 
JPN 3106 - Advanced Japanese (3 credits) 

3106: Reinforcement of oral proficiency, reading, grammar, and writing skills, allowing students to explore a broad range of texts of general and professional interest. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 3105 
JPN 3125 - Japanese for Oral Proficiency (3 credits) 

Devoted to the acquisition of spoken dialect and the enhancement of cultural competency. 3125: Provides students with the ability to converse in every day Japanese conversation. Focus on everyday conversational skills including life topics, transactions, and Japanese media. Emphasis on appropriate body language and understanding of cultural, political, and religious knowledge. 3126: Provides students with the ability to converse in advanced and complex situations. Focus on formal conversations (honorific, humble, and extra-polite) and business Japanese. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 2106 
JPN 3126 - Japanese for Oral Proficiency (3 credits) 

Devoted to the acquisition of spoken dialect and the enhancement of cultural competency. 3125: Provides students with the ability to converse in every day Japanese conversation. Focus on everyday conversational skills including life topics, transactions, and Japanese media. Emphasis on appropriate body language and understanding of cultural, political, and religious knowledge. 3126: Provides students with the ability to converse in advanced and complex situations. Focus on formal conversations (honorific, humble, and extra-polite) and business Japanese. Not recommended for native speakers.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 3125 
JPN 3954 - Study Abroad (1-19 credits) 
JPN 3984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4104 - Japanese Advanced Grammar (3 credits) 

Advanced Japanese grammar skills. Use of special verbs in honorific, extra-modest, and humble form. Analysis and writing of personal and professional texts. Question formation within larger sentences, naming items, using passive and passive-causative sentences. Development of the ability to read, write, and apply the use of 317 intermediate-level kanji in various contexts.

Prerequisite(s): JPN 3106 
JPN 4964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
JPN 4994H - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)