Japanese Studies Courses

Calligraphy class - Prof. Nagata and student
Calligraphy class - Prof. Nagata's student
2008 Annual Japanese Speech Contest, Consulate General of Japan, SF
2009 Speech Contest, Consulate General of Japan, SF
Bizenyaki event, USF
Okou event, USF
White On Rice
Shoogi event, Japantown, SF
Halloween Party, ACV (Anime, Comic, Video) Club, USF
Noh event

Students taking lower-division language courses are required to participate in the Japanese Conversation Tutor Program. They meet once a week (one hour) in a group session with a Japanese speaking tutor.

Students taking upper-division language courses are required to participate in the Japanese Writing Center. They individually meet once a week (thirty minutes) with a Japanese writing tutor.

JAPN  101 - First Semester Japanese (4)

This course will introduce basic Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and writing systems (katakana and hiragana), together with some relevant aspects of Japanese culture. Emphasis on developing communicative conversational skills. Offered every Fall. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

JAPN  102 - Second Semester Japanese (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 101. Some basic kanji will be introduced. The course will focus on developing conversational skills and reading/writing skills. Offered every Spring. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

JAPN  191 - Business Japanese 1 (4)

This course will introduce basic Japanese business communication and the Japanese writing systems (katagana and hiragana). The course is designed for beginners, so no prerequisite is required. It will focus on developing conversational skills in business contexts and on understanding Japanese business customs, manners, and structures. Offered every Spring.

JAPN  192 - Business Japanese 2 (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 191 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 190. Kanji typically used for Japanese business will be introduced. Offered every Fall.

JAPN  193 - Business Japanese 3 (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 192 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 192. This course will focus on developing business communication skills with relation to Japanese business customs, manners and structures. Offered every Spring.

JAPN  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/

JAPN  201 - Third Semester Japanese (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 102. This course will develop communicative conversational skills and reading and writing skills and will familiarize the student with Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and kanji. Offered every Fall. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

JAPN  202 - Fourth Semester Japanese (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 201 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 201. This course will provide extensive practice for conversation, reading, and writing for advancement to the intermediate level of Japanese. Offered every Spring. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

JAPN  301 - Intermediate Japanese 1 (4)

• Prerequisite: JAPAN 202 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. The course is grounded strongly in cultural content. It explores the Kanto region of Japan (Tokyo, Kamakura, and surrounding major cities as well as Shinkansen travel) along with its distinctive history and culture. The course also aims to develop the student’s Japanese language proficiency to the “Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High” level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Offered every Fall.

JAPN  302 - Intermediate Japanese 2 (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN 301. Continuation of JAPN 301. The course explores the Kansai region (in the south-western half of Japan, including Ise, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka) along with its distinctive history and culture. The course also aims to develop Japanese language proficiency to the “Intermediate-High” level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Offered every Spring.

JAPN  310 - Zen and the Art of Japanese Calligraphy (4)

This course aims to develop classical Japanese calligraphy skills and to engender a deeper appreciation of the calligraphic arts and of the role of Zen philosophy in Japanese culture. Application of the form and beauty of the characters also makes them easier to remember. The course will provide a hands-on tutorial of basic brush strokes and painting techniques. Offered every Fall.

JAPN  347 - Politics of China and Japan (4)

A study of the emergence of modern East Asia; political changes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan after 1945; survey of international developments.

JAPN  350 - Japanese Culture (CD) (4)

This course will introduce essential aspects of Japanese culture. It is taught in English and may be repeated for credit when different topics are treated. Offered every other Fall.

JAPN  351 - Contemporary Japanese Culture (4)

This course will explore various aspects of contemporary Japanese culture. It is taught in English. Offered every other Fall.

JAPN  355 - Japanese Literature in Translation (4)

This course will introduce the classics of Japanese literature as well as works by the Nobel laureates. The course is taught in English. Offered every Spring.

JAPN  357 - Naturalism in Japanese Literature (4)

A history of the Naturalist Movement in Japan, with special emphasis on Western literary influences, as well as native resistance to and adaptation of them, during this formative period in Japanese literature.

JAPN  360 - Japanese Calligraphy and Ink Painting (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 310. The course aims to develop Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e (ink painting) skills, to introduce the history of Japanese painting, and to engender a deeper appreciation of the calligraphic and sumi-e arts.

JAPN  368 - Japanese Religion and Society (CD) (4)

This course surveys nearly 2000 years of the religious traditions, heritage, and culture of the Japanese people. We will explore key texts, charismatic leaders, and periods of conflict and stability in our goal to understand both historical and contemporary religious and spiritual examples within Japan and abroad.

JAPN  370 - Zen Buddhism (4)

This course examines the origins, teachings, and practices of Zen Buddhism, from ancient China to contemporary East Asia and North America. It emphasizes both academic and participatory understanding of this tradition. Offered intermittently.

JAPN  379 - Buddhist Paths (4)

JAPN  383 - Modern Japan Since Perry (4)

A survey of Japan's history after 1868, emphasizing its rapid modernization and its rise to great power status. Offered every other year.

JAPN  387 - History of US/Japan Relations (4)

Consideration of a broad variety of political, social, economic, and cultural issues concerning America's relationship with Japan, beginning with Commodore Perry's visit in 1853 and including contemporary economic and security concerns. Offered every other year.

JAPN  390 - Special Topics (1 - 4)

JAPN  395 - Special Topics in Japanese (4)

Courses offered on an experimental basis. Topics vary. Offered intermittently.

JAPN  398 - Directed Reading and Research (1 - 4)

Permission of Instructor, Department Chair and Dean required.

JAPN  401 - (4)

Prerequisite: JAPN 302. Continuation of JAPN 302. The course explores the southern regions of Japan, including Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa, along with their distinctive histories and cultures. The course also aims to develop Japanese language proficiency to the “Intermediate-High to Advanced-Low” level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Offered every Fall.

JAPN  410 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 202 (or equivalent competence). This course aims to develop linguistic knowledge about the Japanese language. The course will focus on understanding the Japanese language in terms of history, lexicon, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Such linguistic training provides essential background for teaching Japanese. Offered every Spring.

 

Language Courses for the Asian Pacific Studies MA (MAPS) Program

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The MAPS courses, Japanese 610, 611, and 612 correspond to undergraduate courses, Japanese 101, 102, and 201 respectively. Students in the MAPS program have the option to take either Japanese 610, 611, and 612 or Japanese 101, 102, and 201.



Photo credit: © Noriko Nagata — Calligraphy class, Prof. Nagata and student, USF; Calligraphy class student, USF; Annual Japanese Speech Contest at the Consulate General of Japan, SF; 2009 Annual Japanese Speech Contest at the Consulate General of Japan, SF; Bizenyaki event, USF; Okou event, USF; "White On Rice", Actor Hiroshi Watanabe, Director David Boyle, Prof. Nagata, USF; Shoogi event, Japantown, SF; Halloween Party, ACV (Anime, Comic, Video) Club, USF; and Noh event (top slideshow); Kimono event, USF (bottom)