Study in Japan, participate in cultural events, and improve your reading, writing and speaking skills.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Japanese

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Why pursue a Japanese degree at North Central College?

North Central is one of the few colleges or universities in Illinois offering a Japanese major. With a full range of courses in Japanese for all four years and a vibrant Japanese study abroad program, the College offers a rigorous, distinctive experience in a small, friendly environment. You’ll learn Japanese culture while improving your proficiency in oral and written communications in Japanese.

You can also:

  • Study in Japan through one of our numerous exchange programs.
  • Participate in cultural events and activities (like trips to Japanese cultural centers) with the Japan Club.
  • Apply for international study scholarships, including North Central’s Omron Scholarship for Study in Japan.
  • Strengthen your language skills as you get to know the Japanese international students on campus.
  • Earn a TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) minor if you hope to teach abroad after college.
  • Access online audio and video resources for Japanese via the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center.
  • Qualify for induction to the Japanese Honor Society or Phi Sigma Iota, for students who study more than one language.

More Department information

Japanese, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

The Japanese major consists of at least 33 credits at or above the 201-level, with at least 28 credits taught in Japanese, including:

  • JAPN 240 - Japanese Culture and Society

    JAPN 240 - Japanese Culture and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the cultural and social structures that have historically defined Japanese civilization and continue to shape the contemporary Japanese experience with regard to areas such as family, education, ritual, art, politics and economics. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • JAPN 480 - Capstone Portfolio

    JAPN 480 - Capstone Portfolio

    1.00 credit hours

    Preparation of a collection of documents including revised work from prior courses, reflections on the student's growth as a Japanese major and intercultural questions. Additional assignments may be included but the portfolio must represent all five skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening and cultural competencies) and include evidence of the student's extracurricular participation in the Japanese program. Required for the Japanese major. Taught in Japanese.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • JAPN 410 - Reading and Grammar

    JAPN 410 - Reading and Grammar

    4.00 credit hours

    Focuses on the development of reading proficiency with continued emphasis on expansion of grammatical understanding, vocabulary and kanji for enhancing communicative competence. The reading texts may include short stories, advertisements and articles from magazines and newspapers. Taught in Japanese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    JAPN 302.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • JAPN 420 - Writing and Grammar

    JAPN 420 - Writing and Grammar

    4.00 credit hours

    Focuses on the development of fluency in written Japanese through reading and writing various types of texts. Continued emphasis on expansion of grammatical understanding, vocabulary and kanji for enhancing communicative competence. Taught in Japanese.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • JAPN 490 - Topics

    JAPN 490 - Topics

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced course in a selected topic. Taught in Japanese.

    Schedule Of Classes

Semester Study Abroad

Complete a semester study abroad program in Japan, with a minimum of eight credit hours taught in Japanese or complete the following 16 credit hours:

  • JAPN 380 - Japanese Pop Culture

    JAPN 380 - Japanese Pop Culture

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the academic study of Japanese popular culture. Through careful attention to forms of Japanese popular culture such as anime, manga, films, TV dramas, short stories, and popular music/video, students develop a deeper understanding of contemporary Japan. Historical background and traditional values are also examined to critically analyze the different manifestations of Japanese popular culture. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Eight credits in JAPN courses taught in Japanese
One of the following:
  • HIST 265 - Japanese History

    HIST 265 - Japanese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Topics explored include the emergence of Japanese traditions within an East Asian context, the rise of samurai power, and Japan's development as a modern industrial power.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar examines the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-pollination of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • RELG 265 - Religious Pluralism in Japan

    RELG 265 - Religious Pluralism in Japan

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the harmonious co-existence of diverse religious traditions both within and between Buddhism and Shinto from the ancient past to the contemporary period.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Japanese Minor

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum 24 credit hours, with at least 20 credit hours of courses taught in Japanese, including:

  • JAPN 240 - Japanese Culture and Society

    JAPN 240 - Japanese Culture and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the cultural and social structures that have historically defined Japanese civilization and continue to shape the contemporary Japanese experience with regard to areas such as family, education, ritual, art, politics and economics. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Four credit hours from the following:

  • JAPN 301 - Third-Year Japanese I

    JAPN 301 - Third-Year Japanese I

    4.00 credit hours

    Development of reading and writing skills, with continued emphasis on listening and speaking. Introduction of intermediate-level grammar, vocabulary and kanji for communicating on topics beyond daily life. Taught in Japanese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    JAPN 202.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • JAPN 302 - Third-Year Japanese II

    JAPN 302 - Third-Year Japanese II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued development of communicative skills in Japanese, including expansion of intermediate-level grammar, vocabulary and kanji. Students deal with various topics relevant to Japanese culture and society. Taught in Japanese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    JAPN 202.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

Japanese Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Unique opportunities for North Central College students are available in Japan with our partner institutions.

Careers

Recent graduates in Japanese include:

  • English teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
  • International relations coordinator
  • Librarian/information technology
  • Positions with Chicago-based Japanese companies

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