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Programs offered:

Minor in Japanese (TU)

The study of modern Japanese broadens the mind and provides insight into one of the world's richest cultures. Oglethorpe's Japanese program embraces the "five C's" of foreign language education outlined in the National Standards in Foreign Language Education: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Oglethorpe's four-course Japanese sequence assumes no initial knowledge of the language. The courses lead the student step by step toward communicative competence in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These skills are taught by means of structured drills, listening activities, skits and readings. Elementary classes present the fundamentals of the language through a sequence of units that focus on daily life. A typical conversation at the beginning level might be about making plans for the weekend or describing one's family. Students are initially trained in the two phonetic kana scripts so that they are able to write in Japanese from the very beginning. Training in kanji characters begins in the second semester. At the intermediate level students master more advanced vocabulary and grammatical patterns. They also carry out a guided research project on an aspect of Japanese culture that interests them. By the end of the four-course sequence, the student will be able to express a broad range of ideas with confidence, will be capable of writing short essays and will know about 240 kanji characters.

Students who seek further training in Japanese can take advanced Japanese through cross registration at one of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) institutions. Full-immersion study abroad opportunities are available at Oglethorpe's sister schools in Japan, Seigakuin University and Otaru University of Commerce.

General interest courses taught in English on premodern and modern Japanese literature supplement the language curriculum. These and other eligible courses can be taken in conjunction with the language sequence toward fulfillment of the requirements for a minor in Japanese. The combination of a Japanese minor with a major in any of the traditional liberal arts disciplines can greatly enhance marketability following graduation, and can lead to career opportunities in fields as diverse as education, foreign service, and international commerce.

Students with previous study experience should take the Japanese placement examination prior to registration.

Please consult the University Bulletin for degree requirements.

The following is a sample of courses that are offered on Japanese:

JPN 101, JPN 102. Elementary Japanese I, II 4 plus 4 hours
This is a one-year course sequence in beginning Japanese aimed at developing basic skills in speaking, reading, writing, and aural comprehension. The kana and kanji writing systems are introduced. Prerequisite: None for JPN 101; JPN 101 for JPN 102, or placement by testing.

JPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I 4 hours
A continuation of elementary Japanese, the first semester of the second-year sequence focuses on conversational skills and vocabulary building, and extends the student's proficiency in reading and writing. Aspects of the Japanese culture and society are also explored. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or permission of the instructor.
JPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II 4 hours
This course consolidates and integrates the student's knowledge of basic grammatical patterns, and introduces advanced grammatical structures. Further practice in reading and writing prepares the student to pursue further study in areas related to his or her major. Audio-visual materials are used more extensively to supplement the main text. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or permission of the instructor.

JPN 150. Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation 4 hours
This course is designed to provide students with a survey of Japanese literature from classical to modern times. Readings include selections from creation myths, court romances and poetic diaries, Buddhist folk tales, the haiku and travel writings of Basho, Saikaku's Five Women Who Loved Love, and Tale of the 47 Samurai.
JPN 151. Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 4 hours
This course is a survey of Japanese literature from 1890 to the present. The development of modern literature will be examined beginning with the early decades of modernization, through militarization and defeat and ending with a consideration of postmodernist writing. Readings will include novels and short stories by Mori Ogai, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Dazai Osamu, Oe Kenzaburo, and Murakami Haruki. Class discussions will be supplemented by lectures on history and culture. All readings will be in English translation.
JPN 290, 291. Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature, and Culture I, II 4 plus 4 hours
Topical aspects of Japanese literature and cultural are explored through readings in English. See individual course listing in the current semester class schedule.
JPN 490, 491. Advanced Special Topics in Japanese Language, Literature, and Culture I, II 4 plus 4 hours
Advanced courses on selected topics will be offered, generally for juniors and seniors, as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisite: See individual course listing in the current semester class schedule.


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