Japanese B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Japanese

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 55

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

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
Chinese Folktales
Asian Humanities
Rev & Reform Modern China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Japanese Religions
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 Clasc Lit Engl Trans
Jpns Lit Medieval to Mod
Japanese Film and Anime
Special Topics
Independent Study
Post-War Japanese Lit
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-