This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2019 to April 2020.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2019-2020, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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JPNS 114.3: Introductory Japanese I

This course offers introductory (elementary) level Japanese language instruction. The course is for complete beginners who have a keen interest in Japan and the language. The aim of the course is to develop the basic skills of writing, reading, listening, and speaking. In Japanese 114.3, students will familiarize with the Japanese sounds and language structures by mastering hiragana, katakana writing systems along with a few kanji characters.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


JPNS 117.3: Introductory Japanese II

This course offers introductory (elementary) level Japanese language instruction. The course is for beginners who have a keen interest in Japan and the language and have taken Japanese 114.3 or equivalent. The aim of the course is to develop the basic skills of writing, reading, listening, and speaking. In Japanese 117.3, students will learn more kanji and grammar patterns based on Japanese 114.3. Students are encouraged to study Hiragana and Katakana characters before the class starts. By the end of this course students will be at a similar level to Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level N5.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): JPNS 114


JPNS 214.3: Intermediate Japanese I

This course is for students who have completed JPNS 117.3. Students will learn more kanji and complex grammar patterns based on Introductory Japanese I and II. This will enable students to communicate more confidently and express themselves using the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): JPNS 117


JPNS 217.3: Intermediate Japanese II

This course is for students who have completed JPNS 214.3. Students will learn more kanji and complex grammar patterns. This will enable students to communicate more confidently and express themselves using the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. By the end of this course students will be at a similar level to Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level N3.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): JPNS 214


JPNS 233.3: Popular Culture and Cinema in Japan

Japanese popular culture, in the forms of manga, anime, films, and even characters like Hello Kitty, have become an integral part of popular culture across the globe today. From Godzilla to Miyazaki films, it seems that Japan is “cool.” This course explores the Japanification of global popular culture by examining Japanese popular culture and its reception in the west and in East Asia from the 1950s through the present. Course meetings will include lectures, discussions, reading examples of manga and anime in translation, and viewing and discussing noteworthy films. Particular attention will be paid to how issues of modernity, loss, anguish and rebirth—all cultural and religious themes—play significant, yet sometimes silent, roles in Japanese popular culture.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university, or permission of the department.
Note: This course may not be used to fulfill the Language requirement in Arts & Science programs.