College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Japanese Language Program

The University of Kansas offers Japanese through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC).


Why Take Japanese?

In addition to serving as a mediator of Western scientific and technological knowledge for Asia, Japan is a center of commerce, trade, education, and culture in East Asia. Today, in Asia, "Japan is in vogue," writes a Taiwanese scholar. Japan is a trendsetter for Asian fashion, and "Japanese cultural commodities are ubiquitous" throughout Asia (and, one might add, through manga, anime, Godzilla, Ultraman and Pokemon, throughout the West as well.)

Knowledge of Japanese language and culture is an asset in a wide range of careers. Students taking Japanese can also apply for scholarships for language study, including FLAS Fellowships.

Students can use Japanese to fulfill a language requirement, or as part of numerous degree programs, including majors, minors and graduate degrees.


Available Courses

KU offers elementary through advanced coursework in Japanese. See all courses taught at KU below, or check out our list of what's offered for the current semester. For placement information visit the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

KU Japanese Language Courses
JPN 100 Beginning Japanese I
An introduction to Japanese. Familiarity with the basic structural patterns of the language through conversation is stressed. The hiragana and katakana syllabaries are introduced and a few characters are learned. Usually offered as part of a Summer Study Abroad Program. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 101 Beginning Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 100. Available to students who took JPN 100 as part of the Summer Study Abroad Program. Not available for credit for students who have previously completed JPN 104. Prerequisite: JPN 100 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 104 Elementary Japanese I
Three hours of lecture, three hours of drill per week. Acquisition of basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Not available for credit for students who have previously completed JPN 101. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Childs, Maggie
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4041 - LAWRENCE
5 12233
LBN Daldorph, Misae
TR 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 12234
LBN Wang, Tingting
TR 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
5 12235
LEC Childs, Maggie
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4041 - LAWRENCE
5 12236
LBN Wang, Tingting
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 12237
LBN Jardon, Annette
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
5 12238
JPN 108 Elementary Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 104. Prerequisite: JPN 101, JPN 104, or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Japanese. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese I
Three hours of lecture, three hours of drill. Prerequisite: JPN 108 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mitsugi, Sanako
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4023 - LAWRENCE
5 23971
LBN Shiomi, Masanori
TR 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 19163
LBN Shiomi, Masanori
TR 02:30-03:45 PM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 12239
LBN Daldorph, Misae
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 1016 - LAWRENCE
5 22234
JPN 206 Intermediate Japanese Conversation
Enhancement of conversational ability at the intermediate level. Used primarily to accommodate transfer credits. Prerequisite: JPN 204 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 208 Intermediate Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 204. Prerequisite: JPN 204. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 226 Japanese in Context - Intermediate
Supervised and individualized study and practice of language skills through direct experience in interviews and guided practical applications in various public settings in Japan. Some conventional classroom instruction in grammar included. Offered only during the Summer Institute in Hiratsuka, Japan. Prerequisite: Two semesters or the equivalent of Japanese language study. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 233 Special Skills in Japanese: _____
Instruction in special skills in Japanese, such as pronunciation, recognition of Chinese characters, comprehension of broadcast media, etc. at the freshman/sophomore level. Course work must be arranged through the office of KU Study Abroad and approved by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 306 Advanced Japanese Conversation I
Intensive practice of communicative skills at the advanced level. Prerequisite: JPN 208 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Naito-Billen, Yuka
TR 02:30-03:45 PM WES 1005 - LAWRENCE
2 12240
JPN 310 Advanced Japanese Conversation II
Continuation of JPN 306. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 326 Japanese in Context - Advanced
Supervised and individualized study and practice of language skills through direct experience in interviews and guided practical applications in various public settings in Japan. Some conventional classroom instruction in grammar and usage. Offered only during the Summer Institute in Hiratsuka, Japan. Prerequisite: Four semesters or the equivalent of Japanese language study. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 333 Special Skills in Japanese: _____
Instruction in special skills in Japanese, such as pronunciation, recognition of Chinese characters, comprehension of broadcast media, etc. at the junior/senior level. Course work must be arranged through the office of KU Study Abroad and approved by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 386 Advanced Japanese Conversation III
Instruction in discussion in formal contexts and speech making. Prerequisite: JPN 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 498 Directed Readings in Japanese
Readings in Japanese on a subject selected by a student with the advice and direction of the instructor. Individual meetings and reports. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Childs, Maggie
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 12241
IND Gerbert, Elaine
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 12242
IND Mitsugi, Sanako
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20671
JPN 504 Advanced Modern Japanese I
Readings in selected modern Japanese texts on various topics: history, education, language, society, business, and literature. Meets three hours per week. Prerequisite: JPN 208 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Naito-Billen, Yuka
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
3 12243
JPN 508 Advanced Modern Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 504. Prerequisite: JPN 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 509 Business Japanese
Study of Japanese language especially appropriate to business situations. Although the course emphasizes developing conversational ability, the primary focus is on strengthening reading and writing in the specialized area. The course includes discussion of non-verbal aspects of Japanese business practices as well. Prerequisite: The first semester of third-year Japanese or the equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 542 Introduction to Classical Japanese I
Introductory grammar and readings in classical Japanese texts. Prerequisite: JPN 508. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 544 Introduction to Classical Japanese II
Continued readings of classical Japanese texts, on the intermediate and advanced level. Introduction to the elements of kambun (Sino-Japanese) and sorobun (epistolary) styles. Prerequisite: JPN 542 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 562 Modern Japanese Texts I
Readings and interpretation of modern Japanese texts from various fields. Continued study of the language in the form of oral discussion and written reports. Prerequisite: JPN 508. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mitsugi, Sanako
MW 12:30-01:45 PM WES 1016 - LAWRENCE
3 12244
JPN 564 Modern Japanese Texts II
A continuation of JPN 562. Prerequisite: JPN 562 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 569 Advanced Business Japanese
This course strengthens reading and writing skills and continues developing conversational ability. It assumes a higher level of competency in Japanese than JPN 509 and includes both verbal and non-verbal aspects of Japanese business practices. Prerequisite: Completion of third-year Japanese or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 598 Readings in: _____
Students will read selections from materials on a given topic or topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: JPN 564 or permission of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Mitsugi, Sanako
MW 12:30-01:45 PM WES 1016 - LAWRENCE
1-3 24781
IND Childs, Maggie
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 24884
JPN 690 Seminar in: _____
Varying topics with varying prerequisites. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

JPN 801 Directed Readings and Research in Japanese
Advanced language training for the study of Japanese sources in the humanities or social science field of the student. Prerequisite: JPN 564 or consent of instructor. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Childs, Maggie
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 12245
RSH Gerbert, Elaine
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 12246
RSH Mitsugi, Sanako
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 24879
RSH Rath, Eric
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17476
JPN 880 Advanced Japanese Research Materials
A detailed examination of various Japanese language reference works and research materials. Emphasis will be placed on the use of different types of reference works to carry out research strategies. Prerequisite: JPN 508 or equivalent and JPN 580. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Study Abroad

KU offers numerous opportunities to study abroad in Japan. Some of these programs have classes taught in English, while others are opportunities for advanced language study.


Degrees

Japanese language courses can be a part of many degree programs, whether used to fulfill a language requirement, or completing a major, minor or graduate degree focused on East Asia. Here are a few degree programs students frequently combine with Japanese language study, but talk to your academic advisor to explore all your options.


Career Planning

  • The KU Career Center has online resources for exploring career paths for different majors. Check out the specifics for East Asian Languages and Cultures, or look at those for other majors (including those listed above.)
  • KU students can also sign up for a free account with My World Abroad, which has extensive resources on preparing for an international career, including career options, and job search tips.

 


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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at ceasma@ku.edu or 785-864-1478.

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