Japanese (JAPN)College of Arts and Humanities
2106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4239
Chair: S. Ramsey (Professor)
Associate Professors: L. Yotsukura, M. Zhou
Assistant Professors: M. Mason, S. Naito, A. Schonebaum
Lecturers: K. Akikawa, M. Inoue (Senior Lecturer), M. Kong (Senior Lecturer), J. Lee-Heitz (Senior Lecturer), C. Pimentel, Y. Ramsey (Senior Lecturer), E. Yamakita (Senior Lecturer)
Visiting Faculty: G. Hu (Visiting Assistant Professor)
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, or 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).
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.
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 JAPN 317, 414, 415, 416, 418 and 498. Courses that fulfill the linguistics requirement for the major include JAPN 421, 422, 428, and 438. Courses that fulfill general elective requirements are JAPN 401, 402, 407, 411, and EALL 300. 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.
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. The minor will, in addition, 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: JAPN 202 (6), JAPN 301 (6), JAPN 302 (6), JAPN 401 (3), JAPN 402 (3), JAPN 403 (3), JAPN 404 (3), JAPN 405 (3), JAPN 406 (3), JAPN 411 (3), JAPN 412 (3), JAPN 499 (3)
B. One 3 credit course focusing on Japanese linguistics selected from the following list: JAPN 421, JAPN 422, JAPN 428, JAPN 438
C. One 3 credit course focusing on Japanese literature selected from the following list: JAPN 217, JAPN 298, JAPN 317, JAPN 414, JAPN 415, JAPN 416, JAPN 418, JAPN 498
D. An additional 3 credits from one of the three lists above.
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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/ .
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 and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to 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.
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.