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Japanese (JP)

Visiting Instructor:  K. Nakano
                   
In the Japanese program students learn the language of Japan, a country known for its rich history, economic power, and ever-changing popular culture.  Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Independent study courses are available to students who have completed advanced-level courses.

Two semesters of Japanese can satisfy the language requirement in the University Core Curriculum, and further studies in this language open up a unique window into one of the world’s ancient civilizations.  With a large population and a fast-growing economy, Japan has a great potential as a market for U.S. goods.  Therefore, graduates with proficiency in Japanese are well positioned for jobs in fields such as government, international relations, finance, tourism, translation, and teaching.  Moreover, learning Japanese is not as hard as you may think.  Beginning students quickly master the phonetic alphabet and basic Japanese characters.

101. BEGINNING JAPANESE 1 3 cr.  Intensive functional approach to the four language skills in a cultural context.  Classroom, multimedia, computer-assisted instruction. (Fall)
102. BEGINNING JAPANESE II 3 cr.  Prerequisite:  JP 101 or equivalent.  Amplification of language skills in a cultural context. (Spring)
191-192. BEGINNING SUPERVISED STUDY 3 cr. each.  Supervised independent study of Japanese at the beginning level.
199. SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance.
201-202. INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I, II 3 cr. each.  Prerequisite:  JP 102 or equivalent.  Further development of the four language skills for communication in a cultural context; expanding of vocabulary, idiomatic usage, and grammar.  JP 201 or equivalent prerequisite for JP 202. (Fall-201, Spring-202)
291-292. INTERMEDIATE SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. each.  Supervised independent study of Japanese at the intermediate level.
299. SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance.
301-302. ADVANCED JAPANESE I, II 3 cr. each.  Prerequisite:  JP 202 or equivalent.  Advanced study of the four language skills for communication in a cultural context; expanding of vocabulary, idiomatic usage, and grammar.  JP 301 or equivalent prerequisite for JP 302.  (Fall-301, Spring-302)
398. SUPERVISED STUDY 3 cr. each. (Formerly 391-392) Supervised independent study.  Permission of instructor.
399. SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance.
498-499. ADVANCED SUPERVISED STUDY 3 cr. each.  Prerequisite:  JP 302 or 398 or equivalent.  Contemporary Japanese used in various areas of specialization.  JP 498 or equivalent prerequisite for JP 499.

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