Courses

JAPAN 1001 Japanese I: 5 semester hours

Emphasis is placed upon the understanding, speaking, and writing of Japanese and upon the acquisition of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax.

JAPAN 1002 Japanese II: 5 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 1001 or equivalent. Emphasis is placed upon the understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of Japanese. Continuation of the acquisition of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax.

JAPAN 1003 Japanese III: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: JAPAN 1002 or equivalent. Review and practice of fundamentals of grammar, syntax, reading and writing acquired in JAPAN 1002. This course is not a JAPAN 2101 equivalent and may not be counted towards a foreign language requirement.

JAPAN 1005 Practicum in East Asian Calligraphy: 1 semester hour

Same as CHINESE 1005. This course is an introduction to the art of calligraphy in East Asia. Emphasis is placed on writing Japanese syllabaries and Chinese characters correctly with a calligraphy brush and ink. Students practice writing basic strokes and characters and creating their own calligraphic works.

JAPAN 1011 Anime Nation: Popular Culture in Japan: 3 semester hours

A look at postmodern samurai, preteen ninjas, praying at shrines and other elements of J-pop culture. This online course uses various clips and full-length animated features to introduce and explore topics such as family life, school life, shared values, contemporary social issues, fashion, and metaphysics. Critical texts, essays, and narrated presentations provide background for analysis and appreciation.

JAPAN 1199 Special Topics: Language Immersion: Japanese: 1 semester hour

Prerequisite: JAPAN 1001 or concurrent enrollment in JAPAN 1001. Faculty-led experience designed specifically to enhance acquisition of the target language and culture. This course may be repeated for credit if the topics vary.

JAPAN 2101 Intermediate Japanese I: 5 semester hours

Prerequisite: JAPAN 1002 or equivalent. Students will advance their understanding of Japanese culture through discussions, readings, and written work. Language skills will be further developed through meaningful communicative interaction. This course fulfills the Humanities requirement.

JAPAN 2102 Intermediate Japanese II: 5 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 2101 or equivalent. Continuation of JAPAN 2101.

JAPAN 2111 The World of Anime - Advanced Topics in Japanese Animation: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 1011 or permission of instructor. Students will explore and analyze anime and manga from sociological, literary, and anthropological perspectives, attempting to foster deeper understanding of contemporary Japan and the historical context from which the selected works emerged.

JAPAN 2150 Classical Japanese Literature In Translation: 3 semester hours

An exploration of Classical Japanese literary masterpieces and the world from which they arose. All required readings will be in English translation. This course may be repeated for credit with different literary works as a topic.

JAPAN 2170 Kanji: A Radical Approach: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 1002 or equivalent. This online course will systematically introduce the most common radicals and other key components of kanji (Chinese characters). Students will learn how to use radicals to interpret unfamiliar kanji, categorize them, and more efficiently commit them to memory. The principles learned in this course can be used to facilitate students' individual kanji-learning goals, which may include mastery of the 2136 joyo kanji.

JAPAN 2190 Special Readings: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 2102 or consent of the department. Independent study through readings, reports, and conferences.

JAPAN 2191 Special Topics in Japanese Culture: 3 semester hours

A topically organized introduction to Japanese culture and society. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

JAPAN 2199 Special Topics: Language Immersion: Japanese: 1 semester hour

Prerequisite: JAPAN 2101 or concurrent enrollment in JAPAN 2101. Faculty-led experience designed specifically to enhance acquisition of the target language and culture. This course may be repeated for credit if the topics vary.

JAPAN 3201 Intermediate Japanese III: 4 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 2102 or equivalent. In this course, students will continue to advance their understanding of Japanese culture through discussions, readings, and written work. Language skills will be further developed through meaningful communicative interaction. This course satisfies the University cultural diversity requirement.

JAPAN 3202 Intermediate Japanese IV: 4 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 3201 or equivalent. In this course, students will continue to advance their understanding of Japanese culture through discussions, readings and written work. Language skills developed in JAPAN 3201 will be further developed in this course through meaningful communicative interaction.

JAPAN 3210 Japanese Culture and Society: 3 semester hours

This faculty-led study tour enhances acquisition of the target culture and language through guided experiential learning. Pre-departure lectures introduce various aspects of Japanese society and culture, including history, pop culture, and business. In-country activities include follow-up lectures, language study, trips to sites of historical significance, and company and museum visits. The course is conducted in English and is designed for students of various disciplines. This course may be repeated once for credit.

JAPAN 3211 Topics in Japanese Culture: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 2102, or concurrent enrollment in JAPAN 3201. This course advances communication and presentation skills through discussions of significant topics in Japanese culture. The course is conducted in Japanese. This course may be repeated for credit if the topics vary.

JAPAN 3280 Readings in Japanese: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 3201 or concurrent enrollment in JAPAN 3202. Development of language skills through reading and discussion of a variety of literary and non-literary texts in Japanese.

JAPAN 3290 Special Readings: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 2190 or consent of instructor. Independent study through readings, reports and conferences.

JAPAN 4301 Advanced Japanese I: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: JAPAN 3202 or equivalent. Further development of skills in both spoken and written Japanese. Students will read/view and discuss selected newspaper articles, editorials, essays, short stories, television programs and films. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

JAPAN 4302 Advanced Japanese II: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: JAPAN 4301 or equivalent. Continuation of JAPAN 4301. Further development of skills in both spoken and written Japanese. Students will read/view and discuss selected newspaper articles, editorials, essays, short stories, television programs and films.

JAPAN 4380 Advanced Readings in Japanese: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 4301 or concurrent enrollment in JAPAN 4302. Continued development of advanced language skills through reading and discussion of a variety of literary and non-literary texts in Japanese.

JAPAN 4390 Special Readings: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisites: JAPAN 3290 or consent of instructor. Independent study through readings, reports and conferences.

JAPAN 4394 Advanced Internship in Japanese: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisites: FGN LANG 2100, completion of at least two 3000-level classes in Japanese, and consent of the Internship Coordinator in Japanese. This internship course gives students of Japanese the opportunity to use their unique and advanced language skills at an appropriate agency, organization, or business in the St. Louis region and beyond. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.