Japanese Program

Two-year Course Planning Schedule

This two-year provisional schedule is available to assist you with long-term planning. Please note that this schedule is subject to change and represents our best projection as of the date on the document. Please refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes for each term before registering to confirm which classes are offered.

Committee Interdisciplinary Major

Description

The Japanese Language and Culture Committee Interdisciplinary Major (CIM) aims to provide students with both linguistic proficiency through vigorous study of the Japanese language, as well as thorough knowledge of the cultural elements that inform the Japanese language and the reasoning and rationale behind the expectations governing the use of the language.

Requirements

The Japanese Language and Culture major requires completion of 30 credits in approved Japanese and related courses. Students in the major must complete the fifth- through eighth-semester Japanese courses as the core of the program. In addition, culture-related courses that are taught using the target language are required. Students must complete 30 credits to graduate, at least 15 of them at the advanced (300 and above) level taken in residence at UWM. The major requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 300-level or above taught in Japanese. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 2.5, both in major courses taken at UWM as well as transfer work.

Courses

The following courses are required:

  • Japan 301: Fifth Semester Japanese
  • Japan 302: Sixth Semester Japanese
  • Japan 401: Seventh Semester Japanese
  • Japan 402: Eighth Semester Japanese
  • FLL 699: Independent Study Capstone Course

Students whose language skills allow them to begin their study of Japanese beyond the fifth semester course must discuss with the advisor appropriate substitute courses in order to complete the required 30 credits.

In addition, one of the following four courses must be selected to fulfill the requirements of the CIM:

  • Japan 330: Japanese Language and Culture
  • Japan 331: Reading Short Stories
  • Japan 361: Translating Japanese Media
  • Japan 441: Business Japanese

Electives

Students select additional courses from the following approved electives to reach a total of 30 credits.

  • Anthro 325: Japanese Culture and Society
  • ArtHist 383: Japanese Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 482: Topics in Non-Western Art History: “Japanese Architecture”
  • English 316: World Cinema: “Japanese Cinema”
  • Hist 394: History of Japan to 1600
  • Hist 395: History of Japan since 1600
  • Hist 397: Postwar Japan
  • Japan 110: Japanese Popular Culture
  • Japan 200: Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language
  • Japan 321: Analyzing Japanese Film Remakes
  • Japan 361: Translating Japanese Media
  • Japan/Trnsltn 416: Introduction to Japanese Translation
  • Japan/Trnsltn 526: Seminar in Advanced Japanese Translation [under development, scheduled to begin in Spring 2013]
  • Japan 489: Internship in Japanese
  • Japan 297: Study Abroad
  • Japan 397: Study Abroad
  • Japan 497: Study Abroad
  • Japan 699: Independent Reading

International Study

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Up to 12 credits from study abroad programs will be accepted for the major. Any language credits acquired from study abroad must not duplicate language credits acquired from classes taken at UWM.

Contact

For more information, contact the Japanese Language and Culture CIM Advisor Jason Christopher Jones, or the Japanese Program Coordinator, Atsuko Borgmann.

Minor in Japanese

Description

The minor in Japanese has the acquisition of language and cultural competency as its primary objective. Students take language courses through the third-year level, but the minor also allows coursework in Japanese culture, history, and politics.

Requirements

A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 300-level or above. A minimum of nine credits must be taken in residence at UWM. Students entering with no previous Japanese language experience should enroll in Japan 101. Students entering with previous knowledge of or high school preparation in Japanese, and transfer students who have studied Japanese at other colleges or universities, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement consultation with the Japanese program coordinator. Students who have placed into a course beyond the 101 level, who complete their first course with a grade of at least a ‘B’, will receive retroactive credits, to a maximum of 14 credits, for the courses leading to the one into which they are placed. Credits awarded for demonstrated equivalent preparation (“retro” credits) at the 200-level and above may count toward completion of the Japanese minor requirements. The UWM College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.50 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM; in addition, students must attain at least a 2.50 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted, including transfer work.

Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in language courses. The following are required:

  • Japan 201: Third Semester Japanese, 5 credits
  • Japan 202: Fourth Semester Japanese, 5 credits
  • Japan 301: Fifth Semester Japanese, 3 credits
  • Japan 302: Sixth Semester Japanese, 3 credits

Those who are able to begin their study of Japanese beyond the third semester level will take additional elective credits to complete at least 18 credits in the minor.

Also required, are a total of 3 additional credits selected from courses under the JAPAN course name or from the following:

  • Anthro 325: Japanese Culture and Society
  • ArtHist 383: Japanese Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 482: Topics in Non-Western Art History: Japanese Architecture
  • English 316: World Cinema: “Japanese Cinema”
  • Hist 394: History of Japan to 1600
  • Hist 395: History of Japan since 1600
  • Japan 330: Japanese Language and Culture

Contact

For more information, contact:

Jason Christopher Jones
Japanese Language and Culture CIM Advisor
Office: Curtin Hall 885
Phone: 414-229-4285
e-mail: jonesjc@uwm.edu

or

Atsuko Borgmann
Japanese Program Coordinator
Office: Curtin Hall 888
Phone: 414-229-5650
e-mail: sugaatsu@uwm.edu

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