The Minor in Japanese, offered by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies, emphasizes language study while also recognizing the importance of learning about Japan through work in fields such as literature, history, anthropology and religion. This program will be of particular interest to students interested in careers in academia, business, government or other professions where Japanese language proficiency is important.

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Location: Main and Japan

Contact Information

Main Campus

Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.

Temple Japan Campus

Yuka Matsuhashi, MA, Major Coordinator


This minor requires a minimum of three Japanese-language courses and three Japan-focused content courses. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all courses used for the minor. Students who place out of JPNS 2002JPNS 3001, and/or JPNS 3002 may substitute Japanese electives. See the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies for more information on placement and appropriate substitutions.

JPNS 2002Intermediate Japanese II3
JPNS 3001Advanced Japanese I3
JPNS 3002Advanced Japanese II3
Select two of the following:6
Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature
Special Topics I (Course must focus solely on Japanese literature and/or film.)
Special Topics I
Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern
Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation
Tokyo in Literature and Film
Mystery and Crime Fiction in Japan
Stories of Parents and Children in Japanese Literature and Film
Japanese Literature in Film
Japanese Literature: From Classical to Contemporary
Japanese Literature: From Classical to Contemporary
With the assistance of your advisor, select one CLA course that focuses exclusively on Japan3
Total Credit Hours18