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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Japanese Major, BA (Small Plan)


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This major requires a minor. Study abroad is recommended but not required for this major.

The Japanese Small Plan Major program guides students through the process of learning Japanese, and in doing so, fosters an appreciation of Japanese culture and history. In a broad sense, our program endeavors to help our students develop expanded intellectual horizons, an understanding of themselves, and improved communication and thinking skills, all through the study of the Japanese language. With Japanese, students can find careers in the electronics and film industries, education, business, tourism, the military, the Foreign Service, and other areas. The US Government designates Japanese as a “critical” language. ROTC students may be eligible to receive scholarships or other benefits if they select this major.

WLC Department Requirements


Admission Requirements
Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.

Program Requirements
Students in the majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for their program/s.

Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. Students may contact the department to request placement testing if they have prior instruction in any of the languages. For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through our placement exam or credit by examination. Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete general education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.

Japanese Program Learner Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • perform linguistic proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in the target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale;
  • apply global intercultural competence at the advanced level as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
  • recognize the value of cultural and linguistic diversity in various communicative contexts. Connect the value of cultural and linguistic diversity to personal development;
  • examine and interpret salient historical and cultural features of the regions/communities studied;
  • compare cross-cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the linguistic and cultural context of the regions/communities studied; and
  • synthesize target language proficiencies, cultural competencies, cultural humility, and critical modes of thinking and expression for an in-depth level of communication.

Required Courses


Second-year Japanese Credits: 15


Composition, Grammar and Conversation Credits: 10


Culminating Experience Credits: 2


WLC 487: Culminating Experience is required for all majors in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and General Education Program.

Total Credits: 47


Small Plan Major (fewer than 60 credits)


This major requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.

College and Department Information


World Languages and Cultures Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

Online Availability
The program will have both a designated online only option and an in-person or hybrid option.

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