For over a millennium, the arts, philosophy, and literature of Japan have drawn upon and contributed to East Asian civilization. Today, the State Department considers knowledge of Japanese “critical” to U.S. global interests, especially in trade and finance. Attentive to your level of experience in language studies and your academic areas of specialization, Lafayette offers classes to suit your needs. In Japanese-language courses, you may focus on basic conversation and literacy, or you may work on more advanced skills, such as letter-writing and cultural analysis of literature or pop-culture. Courses in Japanese language are also an essential component of Lafayette’s interdisciplinary major and minor in Asian Studies, which will give you a strong foundation in the history, arts, and cultures of Japan and East Asia.
The Major & Minor in Asian Studies
Courses in Japanese
JAPN 101, 102: Elementary Japanese I & II
Fundamentals of spoken and written Japanese. Development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. An introduction to the culture of Japan. Class/laboratory.
JAPN 111, 112: Intermediate Japanese I & II
Review and expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary. Short literary and cultural readings. Attention to developing reading and conversational skills and a deeper understanding of the culture of Japan. Class/laboratory.
Prerequisites: Japanese 101, 102 or equivalent proficiency
JAPN 290, 291: Independent Study in Japanese
This course emphasizes reading authentic materials and writing compositions and correspondence.
Prerequisite: Japanese 112, equivalent proficiency or permission of the instructor
Japanese Studies in Translation
INDS 140: A History of Japanese Culture and Government: 400-1600 AD
This interim course will immerse students in the aesthetic and political history of a nation which gave the world its first novel, Zen Buddhism, epic war poetry, samurai castles, sushi, and a number of internationally admired performance and plastic artistic traditions. Within Japan’s sometimes elaborate, and sometimes austere cultural structures, distinct codes of conduct and governance also flourished, and have survived well beyond the passing of the old feudal orders. Through a combination of directed readings, language study, site visits to major monuments, participation in cultural demonstrations, and lecture/discussion classroom activities, students will gain a basic grounding in this most complex and storied history.
Please see the Lafayette Course Catalog for official descriptions of the Japanese courses and other subjects offered by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.
Please see the Course and Exam Schedule for a current list of courses and times, including special-topics courses not listed in the permanent Course Catalog.
Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Department Head
426 Pardee Hall
Markus Dubischar, Assistant Head
423 Pardee Hall
Joli Mellett, Department Secretary
410 Pardee Hall
Foreign Languages and Literatures
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