University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Japanese B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Japanese

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core Courses26
Upper-Division Core Courses12
Major Electives12
Total Hours50

Degree Specific Credits: 50

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

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.

Lower-Division Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 26 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

Complete the following course:
JPNS 150HJapanese Culture & Civilization3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

East Asian Studies

Complete at least 1 East Asian studies or history course 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.3
Chinese Poetry in Translation
Chinese Folktales
Revolution & Reform in Modern China
Experimental Offering: Comparative Politics
Japanese Religions
Topics in East Asia Religions
Total Hours3
Minimum Required Grade: C-

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 Japanese3
JPNS 302Advanced Japanese3
JPNS 411Modern Japanese Writers and Thinkers (repeatable once)3
JPNS 412Introduction to Classical Japanese3
or JPNS 415 Advanced Japanese for Professionals
Total Hours12

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 Lit Medieval to Mod
Japanese Film and Anime
Special Topics
Independent Study
Post-War Japanese Literature
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-