Undergraduate Degree


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Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Letters
Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, African Lang

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese is designed to equip students with functional proficiency in the language, and cultural sensitivity to and factual knowledge about Japan. Study abroad is encouraged to provide students with firsthand experience of cultures superficially different from those to which they are accustomed, but are similar in many ways at the level of human interaction.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult an undergraduate advisor in Japanese.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Japanese major is met by completing Japanese 469.  This course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The completion of Japanese 202 satisfies the College of Arts and Letters requirement of second-year competency in a foreign language.
    1. The following requirements for the major:
      a. All of the following courses (19 credits):
      JPN 202 Second-Year Japanese II 5
      JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese I 4
      JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese II 4
      JPN 401 Fourth-Year Japanese I 3
      JPN 402 Fourth-Year Japanese II 3
      Students who place out of any of these courses may take additional electives from item 3. c. below to make-up for deficient credits in this requirement. Students may also choose from the following elective courses to make-up deficient credits: Japanese 290, 490, 493, or 499. Course work used to make-up deficient credits must be approved by the student's academic advisor. 
      b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
      JPN 369 Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies I 3
      JPN 469 Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies II (W) 3
      c. Three of the following courses with at least one course at the 300- or 400-level (9 credits):
      JPN 260 Japanese Cinema 3
      JPN 261 Japanese Culture and Anime 3
      JPN 350 Japanese Language in Society 3
      JPN 451 Advanced Japanese for Japanese Language Proficiency Test Preparation 3
      JPN 460 Media and Digital Culture in Japan 3
      JPN 461 Japanese Children's Literature and Cultural Translation 3
      d. Completion of a capstone experience.
      This requirement may be satisfied by completion of an approved education abroad or internship experience in Japan or by completion of JPN 492 Capstone Project.
      e. Study Abroad: Students with a primary major in Japanese are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the Japanese program. Michigan State University study abroad programs are available at various sites in Japan throughout the year.
      f. To fulfill the college cognate requirement of 15 credits, students are encouraged to consider a cognate in the field of East Asian Studies.