LOWER DIVISION (100-200 Level)

JPN 101       Elementary Japanese I
Introduction to modern Japanese: pronunciation, grammar, conversation, and the elements of the writing system. Closed to native speakers.

Typically Offered: Fall.

 

JPN102        Elementary Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 101. Introduction to modern Japanese: pronunciation, grammar, conversation, and the elements of the writing system. Closed to native speakers.

Prerequisite: JPN 101 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

JPN 201       Intermediate Japanese I
Continuation of JPN 102. Grammar, composition and readings in modern Japanese, which will introduce students to aspects of Japanese customs, history and culture. Closed to native speakers.
Prerequisite: JPN 102 or equivalent.

Prerequisite: JPN 102 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall.

 

JPN 202       Intermediate Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 201. Grammar, dialogues, and readings, designed to integrate listening, comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Discussion of the Japanese culture, history, and customs. Closed to native speakers.

Prerequisite: JPN 201 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

JPN 203      Advanced Japanese I
JPN 203 (Advanced Japanese I) is a continuation of JPN 202. This course will solidify and advance students' grammatical knowledge and will improve their application skills in all four areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, dealing with various topics in Japanese at an advanced level. In addition to improving their language abilities, students will also be exposed to different areas of Japanese culture.

Prerequisite: JPN 202; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

JPN 204       Advanced Japanese II
Development of a students’“”•–—˜ ability to use Japanese in a more advanced way by continuing Japanese 203's emphasis on accurate comprehension, expansion of vocabulary, and development of the ability to use increasing complex grammatical and sentence structures. In addition to improving their language abilities, students will also be exposed to and analyze different areas of Japanese culture.

Prerequisite: JPN 203; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

JPN 210       Introduction to Japanese Culture
The major aesthetic, social and political factors that have shaped contemporary and traditional Japanese culture and society. The historical evolution of Japanese culture will be approached through film, literature and art. Students will revisit related historical sites to enhance awareness and understanding of the topics. The course will be taught primarily in English, with some Japanese terminology. Offered only in the summer abroad program in Japan.

Prerequisite: JPN 102; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.


 UPPER DIVISION (300-500 Level)

JPN 394       Internship
Internships are intended to provide the student with an opportunity to apply analytical, interpretive, expressive, and creative skills developed in coursework. Internships ordinarily take place outside the University. They involve UM-faculty supervision as well as supervised on-site experience in a Japanese-speaking cultural, business, non-for-profit organization. Student needs b fill out the internship application form. Normally 40 internship hours are required per credit earned (the host will supply documentary evidence of hours worked). Permission of a faculty member in JPN required.

Prerequisite: JPN 204; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

JPN 432       Business Japanese
This course is for students who have completed JPN 202 or two years of Japanese in college level, and are interested in acquiring practical knowledge and communication skills required to deal with real-life business situations. The primary focus of the course is oral/aural communication skills. In addition, students will read authentic essays and newspaper articles and will also compose a variety of documents that will play an important role in running business smoothly

Typically Offered: Spring.

 

JPN 447       Advance Conversation Through Japanese Theatrical Texts
Japanese oral skills designed for students who have completed Japanese 202. Students will develop conversational skills by practicing Japanese performing arts, such as Rakugo (comic story telling), Manzai (stand-up comedy), voice-acting for animation of folk stories, and scenes from contemporary Japanese theater. Students will acquire a better understanding of sociocultural dynamics and develop natural communication skills in different social settings (formal versus informal, gender stylization, age stylization, etc.). Students will also develop self-study skills to become independent learners by learning strategies when encountering unfamiliar words and expressions and reflecting on one's learning processes.

Prerequisite: JPN 203.