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Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2009

Japanese - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (JAPNS)

PROFESSOR CAROLINE D. ECKHART, Head

Japan is both a culturally important nation and a major international presence in the contemporary world. The major in Japanese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Japanese, along with an understanding of the grammatical structure of the Japanese language and a general acquaintance with Japanese culture, literature, and civilization. The major can also help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of this language is useful. Twelve credits of study in Japan, in a Penn State Education Abroad Program or another program subject to departmental approval, are included in the major.

Students planning to teach in public schools should schedule the appropriate courses leading to certification in consultation with an adviser in the College of Education.

For the B.A. degree in Japanese, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-9 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVE or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 18-27 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits[1]
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education GA, GH, or GS courses.)
(At least 21 credits must be at the 400 level.)
(Students must take at least 12 of their credits in Japan, either in a Penn State Education Abroad program or another program subject to departmental approval. For curricular sequencing, this Education Abroad experience must occur in the fall semester of the junior year, unless otherwise approved by the department.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
JAPNS 110 IL(3) (Sem: 3-4)
JAPNS 120(3) (Sem: 1-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
Select 21 credits in Japanese at the 400 level (Sem:3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits pertaining to Japan, such as courses in art history, comparative history, geography, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, theatre arts, or other fields, selected from departmental list (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 27-03-094

Review Date: 8/24/00

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