Japanese Language and Culture Major

  1. Nine departmental units:
    1. Six units of Japanese language taken from the following: 105, 110, 115, 200, 205, 215, 220, 225.
    2. Japanese 230.
    3. Two units of Asian literature or culture in translation: 240, 260, or 280. A student may fulfill 1 of these credits with a Chinese literature or culture course: Chinese 250, 255, 260, 280.
  2. Three supporting courses:
    1. One unit of introductory Japanese history: History 210.
    2. Two other supporting courses, 1 of which must be chosen from the following group of courses that focus on Japan: Anthropology 375*; Art History 250*; Comparative Literature 230*; History 150*, 210*, 310*, 386*; Interdisciplinary Studies 288*; Political Science 236, 295*; or any one-time offering or topics course that deals primarily with Japan.
      • Courses with asterisks only apply if Japan is covered.
    3. One of the supporting courses may be chosen from the following group of courses that focus on East Asia: Anthropology 375”; Art History 250*; Comparative Literature 230*; Economics 206; History 150*, 210*, 294, 310*; Philosophy 250; Political Science 295*, 330*, 386; Religious Studies 200*, 240, 250*; or any one-time offering or topics course that deals primarily with East Asia.
      • Courses with asterisks only apply if East Asia is covered.
    4. Double majors are encouraged, and in such cases required courses in other majors that have Japanese or East Asian content are acceptable as supporting courses toward a major in Japanese.
      • Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take at least 1 supporting course that deals primarily with modern Japan. Courses taken in a study abroad program may substitute for required classes, with the approval of the advisor.
  3. Asian Studies 351 (.5 unit).
  4. Majors are strongly urged to spend at least one semester abroad at Akita International University, Kansai Gaidai University, or Rikkyo University. With the consent of the advisor, some courses completed abroad may be used toward the major.
  5. Students may also apply credit earned through Beloit College’s Center for Language Studies toward their six units of Japanese language required for the major.
  6. Majors are strongly encouraged to live for at least one semester in Japan.
  7. Native speakers of Japanese may not major in Japanese; however, they may receive credit as teaching assistants.
  8. Writing/communication: Courses in modern foreign languages offer students opportunities to become competent in four language skills­–speaking, listening, reading, and writing. All four linguistic areas are important. The department of modern languages and literatures meets the college’s writing requirement by having students move from structured writing that reinforces the material learned in language classes–grammar points and vocabulary–to less guided writing in advanced classes where students use language creatively to analyze, describe, narrate, synthesize, persuade, etc.

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