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Japanese Studies Courses

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/
Restricted to Freshman class

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 (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 202 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of JAPAN 202. This course will provide extensive practice for conversation, reading, and writing to consolidate the student's language skills. Offered every Fall.

JAPN  302 - Advanced Japanese (4)

Prerequisite: JAPAN - 301. Continuation of JAPAN 311. This course will include reading authentic materials (newspapers, periodicals, novels, etc.), discussing the materials in Japanese, and writing compositions. Offered every Fall.

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 - Edo Culture (Fourth Year Japanese) (4)

Prerequisite: JAPN 302. The course is conducted in Japanese. It introduces many characteristically Japanese traditions and concepts originating during the Edo period when the Shogunate government closed Japan to foreign commerce.

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.