Japanese (JPNS)

JPNS 1100  Introductory Japanese    
6 credit hours  

An introductory language course for those beginning the study of Japanese language and culture. Classroom activities will provide practice in pronunciation and the use of basic patterns of speech. Written Japanese will be introduced and studied.

JPNS 1106  Introduction to Japanese Culture  ASNT 1106  
3 credit hours  

Students survey aspects of Japanese culture in their historical and social contexts. Topics will be selected by the instructor and may include folklore, literature, language, and material culture. No previous study of Japan or the Japanese language is required.

Note: The Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the Asian Studies Program do not allow students to register or remain in ASNT 1106/JPNS 1106 if it is judged that the student already knows the course content. The final decision will rest with the Program Coordinator. The course is intended as an introduction for students with little or no previous exposure to Japanese culture.
JPNS 2200  Intermediate Japanese    
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: JPNS 1100 or equivalent

A continuation of introductory Japanese, intended to develop proficiency in oral, aural and written Japanese within the context of Japanese culture.

JPNS 3300  Advanced Oral and Written Japanese I    
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: JPNS 2200

This course offers an opportunity to build and refine students’ ability to comprehend and to communicate effectively in Japanese.

JPNS 3301  Advanced Oral and Written Japanese II    
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: JPNS 3300

This course is a continuation of JPNS 3300.

JPNS 3303  Advanced Japanese    
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: JPNS 2200

This course is intended to offer students an opportunity to refine their ability to comprehend and communicate in the target language within the cultural context of Japan.

JPNS 3777  Japanese Aesthetics of Summer and Autumn    
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Students focus on traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics and ways it is integrated with daily life in Japan. Students are will be introduced to fundamental aesthetic concepts, which permeate Japanese literature, art, architecture, cuisine, contemplative forms, and performing arts. Students examine seasonal aesthetic representations of Summer and Autumn.

JPNS 3778  Japanese Aesthetics of Winter and Spring    
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Students focus on traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics and ways it is integrated with daily life in Japan. Students are introduced to fundamental aesthetic concepts, which permeate Japanese literature, art, architecture, cuisine, contemplative forms, and live arts. Students examine seasonal aesthetic representations of Winter and Spring.

JPNS 3826-3848 Special Topics in Japanese Language and Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: permission of the instructor, which may vary depending on course content
Students will focus on the further development of advanced Japanese language skills such as translation, interpretation, and writing.  The important aspects of Japanese literature, arts and culture will be highlighted.