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Japanese

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Norval L. Bard

630-637-5125

nlbard@noctrl.edu

The nation that gave us Pokemon, karate and karaoke is also one of the key players in the new global society. North Central College is one of the few colleges and universities in Illinois to offer a major in Japanese.

Our program aims to develop your proficiency in communication. You’ll find that classroom time flies by! Students also find that a major or minor in Japanese is a great complement to majors in East Asian StudiesGlobal Studies and many others. Also, don't forget that the Language Resource Center on campus provides access, computerized writing tablets for Japanese characters, and other opportunities to practice your language skills.

Our location near Chicago gives you wonderful access to a wide range of Japan-related opportunities. In addition, we strongly encourage all of our students of Japanese to round out their experience by participating in several exciting study abroad opportunities.

Japanese, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

B.A. Requirements:

A major in Japanese consists of at least 30 credit hours at the JPN 103 level or above, including six credit hours at the 400-level, three of which must be JPN 490. A minimum of one term of study in Japan, and EAS 292 are also required.

Additional Courses:

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements.

Japanese Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Requirements:

A minor in Japanese consists of at least 18 credit hours, including six credit hours from any two of JPN 301, JPN 302, JPN 303.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structures of the Japanese language through aural-oral practice and drills. A good command of kana syllabaries (hiragana and katakana) and the ability to reproduce about 100 kanji (Chinese characters) is expected by the end of the Elementary Japanese sequence.

JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II (3.00)
A continuation of Japanese I.

JPN 103 Elementary Japanese III (3.00)
A continuation of Japanese II.

JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I (3.00)
Emphasis on further development of listening and speaking skills. The introduction of basic grammar is completed by the end of the Intermediate Japanese sequence. Introduction of vocabulary and kanji is accelerated.

JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II (3.00)
Continuation of Japanese 201. Core: Humanities.

JPN 203 Intermediate Japanese III (3.00)
A continuation of Japanese 202.

JPN 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

JPN 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese I (3.00)
Development of reading and writing skills, with continued emphasis on listening and speaking. Introduction of intermediate-level grammar, vocabulary, and kanji.

JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese II (3.00)
A continuation of Third-Year Japanese I.

JPN 303 Third-Year Japanese III (3.00)
A continuation of Third-Year Japanese II.

JPN 320 Readings in Japanese (1.00)
Weekly reading of Japanese texts and reflection on the reading process. Repeatable with different content. Instructor consent required.

JPN 390 Topics (3.00)
An advanced course in a selected topic. Topics may include business Japanese, Japanese literature, Japanese films, Japanese culture and history, or advanced grammar. Repeatable with different topic.

JPN 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

JPN 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

JPN 410 Reading and Grammar II (3.00)
Further development of reading proficiency with continued emphasis on expansion of grammatical understanding, vocabulary, and kanji. The reading texts may include short stories, advertisements, and articles from magazines and newspapers. Practices of reading strategies are incorporated. Repeatable with different content.

JPN 451 Writing and Grammar II (3.00)
Further development of fluency in written and oral Japanese through reading and writing various types of texts. Continued emphasis on grammatical understanding, vocabulary, and kanji. Repeatable with different content.

JPN 490 Seminar (3.00)
An in-depth study in a selected topic. Special emphasis on student-directed study inquiry and the development of individual projects and presentations. Repeatable with different content.

JPN 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

JPN 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
MCL
630-637-5125
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
5298
Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
MCL
630-637-5123
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
MCL
630-637-5126
Sophie Hand

Professor of French
MCL
5124
Fukumi Matsubara

Professor of Japanese
MCL
630-637-5128
Beverly Richard Cook

Professor of Spanish
MCL
5127
Jelena Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
5275
Jinai Sun

Assistant Professor of Chinese
MCL
630-637-5263
Chikaomi Takahashi, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
Modern & Classical Languages
630-637-5236
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
MCL
5108
Ivy Walters

Half-time Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
630-637-5227
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German
MCL
630-637-5284

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your Japanese Education.

Opportunities abound to use your Japanese on our campus. You can

  • strike up friendships with Japanese international students from Japan;
  • request a conversation partner and a tutor;
  • attend the weekly Japanese Conversation Table;
  • go on field trips in the Chicago area with native speakers;
  • sign up for Japan Club, which meets bi-weekly and schedules Japan-related activities such as film/anime showings and field trips;
  • use our state-of-the-art Language Resource Center;
  • be a part of our popular Anime Club on campus.

Study abroad: Meet new friends, experience Japanese culture and come back with much improved linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can

  • be part of North Central in China/Japan, a fall-term program with North Central faculty and other students for seven weeks of immersion in each culture, one of the few collegiate programs to offer this distinctive experience. The program begins in Beijing and moves on to Kyoto. You’ll come back with greatly improved linguistic skills and cultural knowledge;
  • participate in exchange opportunities, from one term to a full year, in Nagoya, Kyoto, Chiba, and Tokyo;
  • join programs sponsored by other institutions.

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