Japanese Submajor

As a Letters & Science student, you will take a variety of courses across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide General Education Requirements plus additional classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy Letters & Science degree requirements.

There are also quality requirements (minimum GPA) and residency requirements (number of classes taken at UWM).

Degree requirements may vary depending on when you first started college either at UWM or elsewhere.

The Japanese program at UWM is available under the Committee Interdisciplinary Major umbrella. It aims to provide students with the linguistic and cultural fluency required to live and work in a Japanese environment. This involves rigorous study of the Japanese language as well as training in a wide array of topics in Japanese culture. As a testament to the efficacy of our program, many of our graduates currently live in Japan, and others live in the United States pursuing careers utilizing their Japanese skills. This page is under revision. For up to date information about major requirements, please contact the department directly or your academic advisor.

Requirements

Total Credits

30 credits

Required Courses (16 credits)
  • Japan 301 - Fifth Semester Japanese, 4 credits
  • Japan 302 - Sixth Semester Japanese, 4 credits
  • Japan 401 - Seventh Semester Japanese, 4 credits
  • Japan 402 - Eight Semester Japanese, 4 credits
One of the Following Required Courses (3 credits)
  • Japan 330 - Japanese Language and Culture, 4 credits
  • Japan 331 - Reading Japanese Short Stories, 4 credits
  • Japan 351 - Japanese Performance Traditions, 3 credits
  • Japan 355 - Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture
  • Japan 361 - Translating Japanese Media, 4 credits
  • Japan 441 - Business Japanese, 4 credits
Research Requirement (3 credits)

The following courses satisfy the research requirement of the L&S degree.

Students wishing to have one of the following courses to produce their capstone project should notify the instructor before enrolling. Capstone projects are comprised of an enhanced final project conceived and conducted in consultation with the course instructor.

  • Japan 351 Japanese Performance Traditions, 3 credits
    (Japanese majors wishing to use this course for the research requirement must notify the instructor that they will complete an independent research project.)
  • Japan 355 Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture, 3 credits
  • Japan 361 Translating Japanese Media, 3 credits
    (Japanese majors wishing to use this course for the research requirement must notify the instructor that they will complete an independent research project.)
  • Japan 500 Research and Writing in Japanese 1-3 credits
    (Japanese majors enroll for 3 cr. in order to fulfill the research requirement)


Electives

Students select additional courses from the following approved electives to reach a total of 30 credits. At least one course must be taken outside the Japan curricular area.

  • Anthro 325 - Japanese Culture and Society, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 383 - Japanese Art and Architecture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 482 - Topics in Non-Western Art History: “Japanese Architecture” subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 316 - World Cinema: “Japanese Cinema” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 394 - History of Japan to 1600, 3 credits
  • Hist 395 - History of Japan Since 1600, 3 credits
  • Hist 397 - Postwar Japan, 3 credits
  • Japan 100 - Introduction to Japanese Literature, 3 credits
  • Japan 110 - Japanese Popular Culture, 3 credits
  • Japan 200 - Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language, 3 credits
  • Japan 220 - Introduction to Japanese Food Studies, 3 credits
  • Japan 297 - Study Abroad, 3 credits
  • Japan 310 - Enhanced Knowledge and Skills for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, 3 credits
  • Japan 321 - Analyzing Japanese Film Remakes, 3 credits
  • Japan 330 - Japanese Language and Culture (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Japan 331 - Reading Japanese Shore Stories (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Japan 361 - Translating Japanese Media (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Japan 397 - Study Abroad, 3 credits
  • Japan 416 - Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English, 3 credits
  • Japan 441 - Business Japanese (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Japan 489 - Internship in Japanese, Upper Division, 1-3 credits
  • Japan 497 - Study Abroad, 3 credits
  • Japan 500 - Research and Research Writing in Japanese, 3 credits
  • Japan 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 credits


Additional Requirements

At least 15 credits must be taken at the advanced (300 and above) level in residence at UWM. The program requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 300 level or above taught in Japanese.

Honors in the Major

Students who have excelled academically during the course of their degree at UWM can be graduated with honors in the major. This involves both the requisite GPA and completion of an enhanced capstone project. Students should consult their program advisor prior to enrolling in their capstone course in order to file for honors in the major. Japanese students who meet the following requirements may apply to the undergraduate advisor to graduate with "Honors in the Major:"

  1. Maintain a 3.000 cumulative GPA on all UWM credits attempted;
  2. Maintain a 3.500 GPA on all credits that count toward the major; and
  3. Maintain a 3.500 GPA on all advanced credits that count toward the major.
  4. Complete a research project in consultation with major advisor.
This project also serves to fulfill the L&S Research Requirement for the Japanese Major.

Study Abroad

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

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all submajor credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all submajor credits attempted, including any transfer work.