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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Japanese (JAPN)

College of Arts and Humanities
2106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Professors: S. Ramsey
Associate Professors: M. Mason, L. Yotsukura
Lecturers: K. Akikawa, M. Inoue (Senior Lecturer), E. Yamakita (Senior Lecturer)

The Major

The Japanese major provides the training and cultural background needed for entering East Asia-related careers in such fields as higher education, the arts, business, government, international relations, and the media. Students may also consider a double major in Japanese and another discipline, such as business, international relations, economics, or journalism. After completing the prerequisite of one year of language (12 credits - JAPN101 Elementary Japanese I, six hours per week, fall; and JAPN102 Elementary Japanese II, six hours per week, spring), students must complete 42 credits for the major course requirements (24 language, 6 civilization/history, 12 elective).

Placement in Courses


Requirements for the Major

Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit.

Language Requirements:


Intermediate Japanese I



Intermediate Japanese II



Advanced Japanese I



Advanced Japanese II


Civilization/History Requirements:

Option I:


East Asian Civilization I



History of Japan to 1800


Option II:


East Asian Civilization II



History of Japan to 1800




Japanese Literature (300-level or above)



Japanese Linguistics (300-level or above)



Japanese Electives (300-level or above)


Note: Electives must be in Japanese language, literature, linguistics, or other East Asian subjects (one must be in the area of Japanese linguistics and one in the area of Japanese literature), and are subject to approval by the student's advisor. Courses that fulfill the literature requirement for the major include JAPN317, 414, 415, 416, 418 and 498. Courses that fulfill the linguistics requirement for the major include JAPN421, 422, 428, and 438. Courses that fulfill general elective requirements are JAPN 401, 402, 407, 411, and EALL300. Additionally, pertinent courses at the 300-400 level in History and Art History can apply toward the general elective requirements.

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Requirements for the Minor


School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

This 15-credit minor is designed to provide a concentration in Japanese language and an introduction to the academic fields of Japanese literature and linguistics.  Additionally, the minor will allow Japanese heritage speakers the opportunity to engage in language study for special purposes (such as Business Japanese, Diplomatic Translation, or Classical Japanese) as well as in the study of Japanese linguistics and literature.

Requirements for the 15 credit minor in Japanese include:

A. 6 credits of Japanese language courses, selected from the following list, with placement based on the student's language proficiency: JAPN202(6), JAPN301(6), JAPN302(6), JAPN401(3), JAPN402(3), JAPN403(3), JAPN404(3), JAPN405(3), JAPN406(3), JAPN411(3), JAPN412(3), JAPN499 3)

B. One 3 credit course focusing on Japanese linguistics selected from the following list: JAPN421, JAPN422, JAPN428, JAPN438

C. One 3 credit course focusing on Japanese literature selected from the following list: JAPN217, JAPN298, JAPN317, JAPN414, JAPN415, JAPN416, JAPN418, JAPN498

D. An additional 3 credits from one of the three lists above.

  • At least nine of the fifteen hours must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Students must receive a "C-" or better in all courses used for the minor.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • No more than 6 of the 15 credits toward the minor may be taken at an institution other than UMCP.

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Undergraduate Research Experiences

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).


Annual Language Career and Internship Fair

Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website:  www.sllc.umd.edu/ .

Co-op Programs

Language Partner Program (LPP)

The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students are paired with SLLC majors to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom and work in an informal, yet structured, way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership. 

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit:  www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.

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