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.


A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 9 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, or transfer students who have studied Japanese in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement consultation with the Japanese program coordinator. Students placed into a course beyond the 101 level who complete their first course with a grade of at least a B may receive retroactive credits earned at the 200 level or above to a maximum of 16 credits, for the courses leading to the one into which they are placed. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Those who are able to begin their study of Japanese beyond the third-semester level will take additional elective credits, approved by the Japanese language coordinator, to complete at least 18 credits in the minor. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in language courses. The following (or equivalent or exemption) are required:

JAPAN 201Third-Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 202Fourth-Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 301Fifth Semester Japanese4
JAPAN 302Sixth Semester Japanese4
Select at least 3 credits from the following:3
Courses in Japanese above 102
Japanese Culture and Society
World Cinema: (Japanese subtitle)
History of Japan to 1600
History of Japan Since 1600
Total Credits21