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Japanese: Major

Major in Japanese Language and Culture (54 credits)

 

A program to major in Japanese includes elements from three categories (see below): (I) courses designed to develop competence in the four skills of the Japanese language, plus courses for advanced study; (II) courses taught in English and focused on the mainstream of Japanese culture as reflected in literature, drama, and film; (III) courses for the advanced study of literature and linguistic analysis.

To fulfill the requirements for the major one must complete all of the following:

[a] Third Year Japanese 2 (or the equivalent), plus one course at the advanced level. (29 credits)

[b] Three courses chosen from offerings in the department's Literature, Drama, Film, and Linguistics Category listing. This includes 0083 (mandatory for all majors), and at least one linguistics course (1022, 1023, 1025 or 1035). One of these courses should be selected from those marked with an asterisk ("W" courses), in conjunction with which the student enrolls in JPNSE 1908). (13 credits)

[c] Three courses related to Japan offered in other departments. (9 credits)

[d] “Capstone Project” JPNSE 1999, to be taken during the last term at Pitt. (3 credits)

Minimum Requirements

Language:

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
JPNSE 0001 First Year Japanese 1 5
JPNSE 0002 First Year Japanese 2 5
JPNSE 0003 Second Year Japanese 1 5
JPNSE 0004 Second Year Japanese 2 5
JPNSE 1020 Third Year Japanese 1 3
JPNSE 1021 Third Year Japanese 2 3
  Total 26

Advanced Courses:

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
JPNSE 1030 Readings in Japanese Literature 3
JPNSE 1032 Readings in Social Sciences 3
JPNSE 1040 Introduction to Classical Japanese 1 3
JPNSE 1050 Fourth Year Japanese 1 (Newspapers and Periodicals) 3
JPNSE 1051 Fourth Year Japanese 2 (Newspapers and Periodicals) 3
  Total 3

Literature, Drama, Film, and Linguistics:

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
JPNSE 0080 City Life and East Asian Culture 3
JPNSE 0081 East Asian in the World 3
JPNSE 0083 Introduction to Japanese Literature (Required) 3
JPNSE 0085 Japanese Tales of the Supernatural 3
JPNSE 1022* History of the Japanese Language 3
JPNSE 1023 Structure of the Japanese Language 3
JPNSE 1025* Exploring the Japanese Language and Mind 3
JPNSE 1035* Pragmatics of Japanese 3
JPNSE 1056* Japanese Literature and the West 3
JPNSE 1057* Japanese Culture & Society through Cinema 3
JPNSE 1058* Westerns & Samurai Films 3
JPNSE 1059* Japanese Literature on Screen 3
JPNSE 1070* World of Japan 3
JPNSE 1071* The World of Japan 3
JPNSE 1080* Ghosts, Masks and Actors 3
JPNSE 1081* Forms of Japanese Theatre 3
JPNSE 1082* A Taste of Japan 3
JPNSE 1085* Introduction to East Asian Cinema 3
JPNSE 1098 Directed Writing 1
  Total 13

 

Related Field

Course Description Credit
  Courses related to Japanese language and culture offered in other departments of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Consult the Academic Advisor for Japanese Majors if you havea question about which course will count toward this requirement. 9

Capstone Project

Course Description Credit
JPNSE 1999 The Capstone Project 3
  Total for all Japanese majors 54

revised 2/2008

Minor in Japanese (15 or 19 credits)

Two options are available:

1. Japanese Language, Literature, Drama, Film, and Linguistics Option (19 credits)

  1. Japanese 0001, First-Year Japanese 1 (5 credits) and Japanese 0002, First-Year Japanese 2 (5 credits)
  2. Three three-credit departmental courses taught in English, listed as literature, drama, film, and linguistics.

2. Japanese Literature, Drama, Film, and Linguistics Option (15 credits)

Five three-credit departmental courses taught in English, listed as literature, drama, film, and linguistics.