Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

(College of Liberal Arts)

The Japanese major program at Temple University, Japan Campus is a unique undergraduate degree program designed to offer a comprehensive four-year Japanese language curriculum in a JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) setting. It aims to achieve advanced and well-balanced proficiency in Japanese so that students will be well-equipped with linguistic skills and fully prepared to examine socio-cultural aspects of Japan and Japanese literature.

The Bachelor of Arts in Japanese will be conferred upon the student after the completion of 123 credits across the following requirements categories:

  • 35-36 credit hours of General Education coursework
  • 43 credit hours (14 courses) required for major; major courses must be passed with at least a C-
  • 44-45 elective credit hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, which is only offered on the Temple University, Japan Campus, is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University requirements
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.
    • Students must complete the General Education curriculum.
  2. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.
  3. Prerequisites: JPNS 1001, JPNS 1002, and JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent placement. Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who are exempted from JPNS 2701/JPNS 2001 may begin with JPNS 2702 or higher level, in accordance to the placement assessment.
  4. Major requirements (minimum 43 credits)
    Language Requirements
    JPNS 2702TUJ - Japanese Intermediate II4
    JPNS 3001Advanced Japanese I3
    JPNS 3002Advanced Japanese II3
    JPNS 4001Japanese Advanced III3
    JPNS 4002Japanese Advanced IV3
    Language Skills 1
    Select at least four of the following:12
    Note: Students who have placed out of JPNS 2702 must take ONE additional Language Skills course. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3001 must take TWO additional Language Skills courses. Those who have placed out of JPNS 3001 must take THREE additional Language Skills courses.
    Oral Intensive Japanese II
    Kanji II
    Structure of Japanese Language I
    Special Topics in Japanese I (Introduction to Consecutive Translation for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese I)
    Advanced Japanese Writing
    Special Topics in Japanese II (Introduction to Consecutive Translation for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese II)
    Intermediate Writing in Japanese
    Structure of Japanese Language II
    Advanced Oral Japanese
    Area Studies Electives 1
    Select 3 courses from the pre-approved courses list:9
    Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan
    Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan
    Japanese Culture
    Japanese Culture
    Japan in a Changing World
    Japan and the Changing World Order
    Introduction to East Asia: Japan
    Introduction to East Asia: Japan
    Japanese Art
    Japanese Art
    Ideology and Social Change in Japan
    Ideology and Social Change in Japan
    Japan Today
    Japan Today
    Women and Society in Japan
    Women and Society in Japan
    Women and Society in Japan
    Metropolitan Tokyo
    Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern
    Survey of Japanese Literature Before 1868
    Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation
    Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation
    Tokyo in Literature and Film
    Tokyo in Literature and Film
    Mystery and Crime Fiction in Japan
    Mystery and Crime Fiction in Japan
    Japanese Literature in Film
    Japanese Literature in Film
    Special Topics in Japanese I (Japanese Communication and Culture I)
    Special Topics in Japanese II (Japanese Communication and Culture II)
    Japanese Religions
    Japanese Buddhism
    Japan Area Studies Writing Intensive (WI)
    Select one of the following:3
    This course must be taught in English.
    Japanese Popular Culture and Literature
    Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature
    Seminar in Asian Studies (The course topic must focus on Japan exclusively.)
    Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society
    Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society
    Capstone
    Select one of the following:3
    Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Japanese Society and Culture through Newspaper
    Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Business
    Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Literature
    Total Credit Hours43
    1

    For a comprehensive list of courses that fulfill the Language Skills and Area Studies requirements, please refer to http://www.tuj.ac.jp/ug/academics/academic-requirements/major-minor-requirements/pdf/pre-approved-courses-for-japanese-major-area-studies-electives.pdf. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Japanese

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
JPNS 1001Japanese Elements I [LC]4
ENG 0802 or 0812Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JPNS 1002Japanese Elements II [LC]4
IH 0851Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
One elective related to the major (JPNS 1301 Kanji I recommended)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
JPNS 2701TUJ - Japanese Intermediate I4
IH 0852Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
One elective related to the major (JPNS 1003 Oral I recommended)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
JPNS 2702TUJ - Japanese Intermediate II4
Japanese Language Skills requirement #13
CLA 2000+ Area Studies Elective 1 (Social Science)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
JPNS 3001Advanced Japanese I3
Japanese Language Skills requirement #23
CLA 2000+ Area Studies Elective 2 (Writing Intensive taught in English)3
One CLA 2000+ Elective3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JPNS 3002Advanced Japanese II3
Japanese Language Skills requirement #33
CLA 2000+ Area Studies Elective 3 (Social Science)3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
JPNS 4001Japanese Advanced III3
Japanese Language Skills requirement #43
CLA 2000+ Area Studies Elective 4 (Social Science)3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JPNS 4002Japanese Advanced IV3
One CLA 0800-4999 Elective3
One Elective 0800-4999 in any School or College3
One Elective 0800-4999 in any School or College3
Select one of the following Capstone courses:3
Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Japanese Society and Culture through Newspaper [WI] 
Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Business [WI] 
Seminar in Japanese and Japan: Literature [WI] 
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123