University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (JAPNS)
PROFESSOR ON-CHO NG, Department Head, Asian Studies
The major in Japanese strengthens students' overall skills in internationalism and provides a focus on one of the world's most important nations. The Japanese major is designed for students who want to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Japanese, and acquire profound knowledge of Japanese culture, history, and civilization in the context of East Asia.
The Japanese major requires students to study abroad in order to deepen their understanding of the language, culture and contemporary society, and to develop intercultural and comparative perspectives.
The major can also help students prepare for graduate study in Japan-related fields and professional careers where proficiency in Japanese is required, such as government services, or multinational companies.
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 124 credits is required.
Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.
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.)
(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: 21-27 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: 34 credits
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education GA, GH, or GS courses.)
(At least 21 credits must be at the 400 level.)
(Students are strongly encouraged to 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, the program encourages students to pursue this Education Abroad experience in the fall semester of the junior year, unless the host institution runs on the Japanese academic schedule, in which case study abroad should be in the spring semester, or for the entire year.
PRESCRIBED COURSES (19 credits)
JAPNS 110 IL(4) (Sem: 3-4)
JAPNS 401 IL(4), JAPNS 402 IL(4) (Sem: 5-6)
JAPNS 403Y(4), JAPNS 404 IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from JAPNS 120 GH;IL(3) or JAPNS 121 GH;IL(3) (Sem:1-6)
Select 3 credits from the JAPNS 420-429 level (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from the JAPNS 450-459 level (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits pertaining to Japan, such as courses in art history, comparative history, geography, history, Japanese, philosophy, political science, religious studies, theatre arts, or other fields, selected from departmental list (Sem: 1-8)
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011
Blue Sheet Item #: 40-03-053
Review Date: 11/08/2011