Japanese Program

The Japanese program offers a diverse range of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Japanese language, literature, culture, linguistics and pedagogy, as well as providing the following degree options: Master of Arts in Japanese, Bachelor of Arts in Japanese (major) and a minor in Japanese.

The Japanese program offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese (major in Japanese), minor in Japanese and the Master of Arts in Japanese. The program is ranked No. 2 among the “Most Popular Schools for Japanese Language and Literature” in the entire nation according to a study by StateUniversity.com.

The undergraduate Japanese program focuses on developing proficiency in the language in a sociocultural context by offering a variety of language training courses and by conducting courses in culture, linguistics and literature in Japanese. In addition to the required coursework, students choose electives from a broad range of subjects, which include various courses in literature and culture as well as in translation, interpretation and business Japanese.

Declare a Major/Minor in Japanese

To declare a major or minor, complete a Declaration of Major/Minor form, then make an appointment to see the program advisor. Bring a copy of your most recent university transcript to the meeting.

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Program Contacts

Program Coordinator:
Masahiko Minami,  mminami@sfsu.edu

Majors Advisor:
Makiko Asano, masano@sfsu.edu

Minor Advisor:
Midori McKeon, mmckeon@sfsu.edu

The Japanese major consists of 45 units of lower and upper division coursework. Upper-division courses in Japanese are generally conducted in Japanese, and students are expected to use Japanese in their speaking, reading and writing.

Writing in the Major

Students must complete the University’s GWAR requirement by taking MLL 400GW, CWL 400GW, HUM 300GW, or COMM 562GW on advisement.

 

Complementary Studies

Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese are 12 units of complementary studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than JAPN, and not cross-listed with JAPN. Complementary Studies for the Japanese major can be satisfied via four possible routes: (1) 12 units in any foreign language other than Japanese (may include FLL-prefixed courses); (2) 12 units of course work taken as partial completion of a second major or minor; (3) 12 units of course work taken in an approved study abroad program (including CSU Study Abroad and SF State Bilateral); (4) 12 units of course work in related disciplines with the prior approval of a Japanese Program advisor. Related disciplines typically include (but are not limited to) linguistics, literature, humanities, philosophy, history, art, theatre arts, anthropology, education, international relations, international business, and any aspect of East Asia or Asian Americans.

Where a course with a non-JAPN prefix (and not cross-listed with JAPN) is taken as a core requirement or elective for the Japanese major, the said course may also count towards complementary studies (i.e., double-counting allowed).

 

Japanese (B.A.) — 45 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses (39 units)

  • JAPN 101 First Semester Japanese
  • JAPN 102 Second Semester Japanese
  • JAPN 103 Third Semester Japanese
  • JAPN 250 Individualized Study of Kanji: Level 1
  • JAPN 301 Japanese Conversation
  • JAPN 302 Japanese Reading and Grammar
  • JAPN 250 Individualized Study of Kanji: Level 2
  • JAPN 305 Advanced Conversation and Composition I or JAPN 306 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
  • JAPN 309 Advanced Readings in Japanese
  • MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Languages
  • JAPN 401 Topics in Japanese Culture
  • JAPN 510 Modern Japanese Literature

Upper division electives (6 units)

  • On advisement

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

The Japanese minor consists of 24 units of lower and upper division coursework. Upper-division courses in Japanese are generally conducted in Japanese, and students are expected to use Japanese in their speaking, reading and writing.

Japanese, Minor — 24 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses (24 units)

  • JAPN 101 First Semester Japanese (4)
  • JAPN 102 Second Semester Japanese (4)
  • JAPN 103 Third Semester Japanese (4)
  • JAPN 250 Individualized Study of Kanji: Level 1 (3)
  • JAPN 301 Japanese Conversation (3)
  • JAPN 302 Japanese Reading and Grammar (3)
  • Any upper division Japanese course (except JAPN 510) (3)