Japanese Studies

Program Description

The Japanese Studies major and minor are interdisciplinary in nature. Students gain a broad understanding of the language, culture, literature, history, art, film, music, theatre, religion, and politics of Japan.

Students pursuing a program in Japanese studies are strongly urged to study abroad for a semester or year at a Japanese university. Gettysburg College is affiliated with Kansai Gaidai University and Temple University Japan. Kansai Gaidai is located in Hirakata City, between the business and industrial center of Osaka and the ancient capital of Kyoto. Temple University is located in downtown Tokyo. Both universities offer not only instruction in Japanese language and a full range of courses on Japanese topics in English, but also offer many opportunities outside the classroom: living with a Japanese host family, field trips to cultural and historical sites, study of traditional arts, visits to Japanese businesses, and internships. Students may also choose to attend other universities in Japan.

Credit for courses taken at Kansai Gaidai and Temple University may be transferred and counted toward the electives for the major and minor with departmental approval. Kindly note, 300 level content courses taken while studying abroad, do not count as 300-level courses required for the major. 300-level courses must be taken at Gettysburg College.


Program Requirements

 


East Asian Studies Major –Japanese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

Students pursuing the East Asian Studies Major – Japanese Track must complete eleven courses consisting of three core courses, two language study courses, two electives, three disciplinary cluster courses, and a capstone course.

  • Core Courses:
    AS 150: Japanese Culture & Society*, HIST 224 Modern Japan, and one comparative course. A comparative is either a course with a broad East Asian Focus or a course focusing on China.

    Potential Comparative Courses:
    PHIL 240: World Philosophy
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: History of East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: History of East Asia from 1800 to the Present
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology

    *AS 150 is recommended for first and second year students, and cannot be taken by those who have already studied in Japan.

 

  • Language Study:
    JPN 301 & JPN 302: Advanced Japanese, or their equivalent as determined by placement tests.*

    *Kindly note that JPN 101 & 102: Elementary Japanese and JPN 201 & 202: Intermediate Japanese are pre-requisites for JPN 301 and JPN 302, but do not count towards the major. However, students who have previously studied Japanese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam. Japanese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

 

  • Electives:
    Students will select two courses that focus on Japan from the following three categories: Arts & Humanities, History & Social Sciences, and Language (beyond JPN 302 or in Chinese).

    Arts & Humanities:
    AS 238: Classical Japanese Literature
    AS 247/347: Extraordinary Fiction in Japan and the World
    AS 248/348: Traditional Japanese Theatre
    AS 250/350: The Ebb and Flow: Japanese Women's Literature, the First 1200 Years
    AS 340/401: Modernity in Modern Japanese Fiction
    AS 241/341/402: Genre in Modern Japanese Literature
    AS 343/403: Who Dunnit and Why? Japanese Detective Fiction, Past and Present
    FILM 261: Japanese Cinema
    PHIL 240: World Philosophy
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    REL 249: Religions of Japan
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    FYS 149-2: Japanese Popular Culture Goes Global

    History & Social Sciences:
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: History of East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: History of East Asia from 1800 to the Present
    HIST 224: Modern Japan
    HIST 226: History and Science of the Atomic Bombings of Japan
    HIST 323: Gender in Modern Japan
    HIST 325: Tokugawa Japan
    HIST 422: The Pacific War, 1931-1945
    POL 271: Government and Politics in Japan
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology
    FY 149: Geisha and Samurai

    Language:
    JPN 303: Advanced Reading, Comprehension & Conversation
    JPN 304: Advanced Reading, Comprehension & Conversation
    CHN 101: Beginning Chinese
    CHN 102: Beginning Chinese

 

  • Disciplinary cluster:
    Students will select two courses in a discipline and the methods course of that discipline. Courses must be approved by the East Asian Studies Department, and at least one course must focus on Japan or East Asia. Potential areas of disciplinary focus are listed below:

    Potential Areas of disciplinary focus:

    Literature:
    ENG 298 or 299: Methods
    ENG 111 or other approved 100-level
    AS Literature/Theater class

    Art History:
    ARTH 131: Intro to Asian Art
    ARTH 214: Methods
    ARTH 100 or 200-level

    History:
    HIST 110 or other approved 100-level
    HIST 300: Methods
    Course on East Asian history

    Political Science:
    POL 104: Intro to Comparative Politics
    POL 215: Methods
    POL 271: Politics of Japan

    Economics:
    ECON 104: Intro to Macroeconomics
    ECON 213: East Asian Economics
    ECON 251: International Economics

    Religious Studies:
    REL 244: Intro to Buddhism
    REL 200 level Research/Methods Course
    East Asian Religion course

    Theatre Arts:
    THA 105: Intro to Theatre
    THA 203: History of Theatre
    AS/THA 248: Traditional Japanese Theatre

    Film Studies:
    FILM 101
    FILM 252 or FILM/IDS226
    East Asian film course

 

  • Capstone experience:
    Students will complete one capstone course taken in the form of seminar or an independent study to be completed in the senior year. A substantial paper (25+ pages) and an oral presentation open to the faculty, majors and minors and guests are required. The topic of the paper must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her advisor. It is expected that the paper will build upon the courses constituting the student's "disciplinary focus."

 

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Major- Japan Track - Effective with the Class of 2018


 

East Asian Studies Minor –Japanese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

The East Asian Studies minor with a specialization in Japan requires six courses.

  • Core Courses: Students take one core course: EAS 150: Japanese Culture & Society*
  • Electives: Students take three elective courses specializing in Japan. These courses must come from three different disciplines, with at least one course from the arts & humanities and one from the history & social sciences. **
  • Comparative Course: Students take one course that offers a comparative perspective within East Asia or focuses on China. **
  • Language: Students specializing in Japan must take JPN 201: Intermediate Japanese.***

*AS 150 is recommended for first and second year students, but cannot be taken by those who have studied in Japan.

** Categories and potential courses appear above in the description for the Japanese major requirements.

*** JPN 101 & 102: Elementary Japanese are pre-requisites for JPN 201 but do not count towards the minor. However, students who have previously studied Japanese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam. Japanese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

 

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Minor - Effective with the Class of 2018

Course Listing

Course level:
100 | 200 | 300 | 400
JPN-101 Elementary Japanese
Introduction to the fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students master hiragana and katakana and learn basic Chinese characters as they are used to write Japanese. Students shop for various items, describe objects, use counters, ask prices, and hold basic conversations all in Japanese. The course also acquaints students with basic patterns, ritual greetings and phrases, and cultural aspects embedded within the use of language.


JPN-102 Elementary Japanese
Introduction to the fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students master hiragana and katakana and learn basic Chinese characters as they are used to write Japanese. Students shop for various items, describe objects, use counters, ask prices, and hold basic conversations all in Japanese. The course also acquaints students with basic patterns, ritual greetings and phrases, and cultural aspects embedded within the use of language.


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JPN-201 Intermediate Japanese
Extension of beginning Japanese. Building on the basics, the course emphasizes communication. Students learn to ask and give directions, use honorific and humble verbs, conduct interviews, and discuss family and work situations. Chinese characters (kanji) are introduced at a more rapid rate, and students are able to read and write simple texts and some authentic materials.


JPN-202 Intermediate Japanese
Extension of beginning Japanese. Building on the basics, the course emphasizes communication. Students learn to ask and give directions, use honorific and humble verbs, conduct interviews, and discuss family and work situations. Chinese characters (kanji) are introduced at a more rapid rate, and students are able to read and write simple texts and some authentic materials.


JPN-203 Advanced Intermediate Japanese
A language course to prepare students for a possible major or minor in Japanese Studies. The course presents grammar and vocabulary at a faster pace and in broader topics and situations than in the traditional intermediate language course, in order to obtain higher proficiency in both conversation and reading/writing. Also, the course introduces students to skills for beginning independent research and study of materials of their own interests in the field of Japanese Studies.


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JPN-301 Advanced Japanese
Continuation of intermediate course. The course refines and integrates skills learned in intermediate level to allow students to handle more complex communications and comprehend more advanced readings with an emphasis on reading and writing kanji.


JPN-302 Advanced Japanese
Continuation of intermediate course. The course refines and integrates skills learned in intermediate level to allow students to handle more complex communications and comprehend more advanced readings with an emphasis on reading and writing kanji.


JPN-303 Adv Reading, Comp & Conv
A focus on the development of speaking in honorific language, developing proficiency in reading journalistic style, and becoming more accurate in writing short essays. Discussions are based on advanced-level readings on contemporary issues. Readings include various essays, newspaper articles, and short stories. Students increase their ability to use more sophisticated expressions in both oral and written form.


JPN-304 Adv Reading, Comp & Conv
A focus on the development of speaking in honorific language, developing proficiency in reading journalistic style, and becoming more accurate in writing short essays. Discussions are based on advanced-level readings on contemporary issues. Readings include various essays, newspaper articles, and short stories. Students increase their ability to use more sophisticated expressions in both oral and written form.


JPN-305 Advanced Japanese : Contemporary Issues in Japanese Society
Study of selected themes in contemporary Japanese society and culture, through reading and discussion of contemporary debates in periodicals, news sources and other media. Readings will focus on such themes as work and social pressure, gender inequality, social alienation, declining birthrates, aging and social support, media images, and education. Conducted in Japanese.


JPN-306 Advanced Japanese: Discourse and Culture in Second Language Learning
Study of the significance of cultural knowledge in understanding the meaning of language. The course examines how language learners understand values, expectations and appropriate behavior in Japanese culture, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of pragmatics and discourse analysis.


JPN-308 Business Japanese
Advanced Japanese course focusing on the effective communication skills essential in professional fields and the understanding of the Japanese business world. Students develop their verbal, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in business Japanese and acquire culturally appropriate inter-personal communication skills needed to deal with a variety of business situations. Students are expected to effectively employ their language skills to explore and analyze current business trends and issues in Japan. Conducted in Japanese.


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JPN-450 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-451 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U


JPN-452 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-453 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U


JPN-460 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-461 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U


JPN-462 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-463 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor graded S/U


JPN-470 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-471 Individualized Study-Intern
Internship counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U


JPN-472 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


JPN-473 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U


JPN-474 Summer Internship
Summer Internship graded A-F, counting in the minimum requirements for a major or minor only with written permission filed in the Registrar's Office.


JPN-475 Summer Internship
Summer Internship graded S/U, counting in the minimum requirements for a major or minor only with written permission filed in the Registrar's Office


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