UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Japanese<sup>†</sup>

Japanese

Department of Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web: linguistics.buffalo.edu/japanese/jpnhome

Karin Michelson
Chair

Mitsuaki Shimojo
Program Director
shimojo@buffalo.edu

About the Program

�This area of study is available as a special major through the College of Arts and Sciences. It is not a separately registered degree program. Refer to the Special Majors section (page TK or http://undergradcatalog.buffalo.edu/undergraduateeducation/academic.shtml) for more information. For information on the minor, contact the department.

Once a distant and remote land, Japan has burst into American awareness, reflecting Japan�s significant economic and political relationship with the United States. While English continues to be the primary language for international communication, the Japanese language is acquiring status as a major foreign language, particularly for those who aspire to pursue relationships with East Asia as well as Japan. The Japanese language is spoken by the entire population of Japan - about 125 million - and ranks sixth among the languages of the world in terms of the number of native speakers. It is also studied widely as a foreign language in East Asia. Contrary to a common belief that asserts the uniqueness of the Japanese language, it is a very typical human language with respect to grammatical structure.

The Japanese curriculum provides a solid foundation for an understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of Japan. The language, culture, linguistics, and pedagogy courses offered are useful to students who aspire to an East Asia�related academic or professional career in education, government, communications, or business, as well as in other fields in the United States and abroad.

The curriculum of the Japanese program includes:

Courses designed to develop or improve competence in spoken and written Japanese through the advanced level
Courses on Japanese culture
Courses on Japanese linguistics and pedagogy
Courses that examine Japanese business culture and vocabulary

Degree Options

The program combines language learning with cultural and linguistic studies. The program offers a minor, and a special major in Japanese studies can be arranged in consultation with the program director and the director of special majors (in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services office). Students interested in Japanese linguistics may want to pursue a special major in language and linguistics with a concentration in Japanese. For more information, contact the program director, Mitsuaki Shimojo, in the Department of Linguistics, (716) 645-2177.

The courses offered in the Japanese program give students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in a strategic Asian language and to study the people and culture of Japan. Many students opt to combine a minor in Japanese with a major in the social sciences, engineering, the humanities, the sciences, or management.

Advisement

The Japanese language program offers four years of classroom instruction, as well as advanced-level independent study options. The first three years of instruction are characterized by an effective team-teaching approach that enables students to benefit from the experience and expertise of several instructors. Optional tutoring is provided as part of the program.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Serious students are strongly encouraged to take Japan-related courses across the university curriculum, and to study in Japan for a summer or a full academic year.

For study abroad options, contact the Study Abroad Programs office at (716) 645-3912.

Of interest to students enrolled in Japanese language courses is the Asian Studies Program, which offers a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Asian studies. For information, contact Dr. Thomas Burkman, Director, 714 Clemens Hall at (716) 645-3474 or burkman@buffalo.edu.

Japanese - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite and required courses.

Advising Note

Application should be made after the prerequisite courses have been completed or during the semester in which they are completed.

Students with advanced Japanese language proficiency should consult with the program director to arrange an appropriate program.

Prerequisite Courses

JPN 101 First-year Japanese (or equivalent proficiency)
JPN 102 First-year Japanese (or equivalent proficiency)

Required Courses

JPN 201 Second-year Japanese
JPN 202 Second-year Japanese
JPN 301 Third-year Japanese
JPN 302 Third-year Japanese
Two Japan-related or Japanese language courses, which may include one course from another department.

Course Descriptions

JPN 101 First-Year Japanese

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Develops basic language skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The course is team-taught, and it is not open to native speakers.

JPN 102 First-Year Japanese

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 101 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Develops basic language skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The course is team-taught, and it is not open to native speakers.

JPN 201 Second-Year Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 102 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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A sequel to JPN 102. Develops four-skills proficiency and expands knowledge of grammar. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 202 Second-Year Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 201
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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A sequel to JPN 102. Develops four-skills proficiency and expands knowledge of grammar. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 211 Introduction to Japan

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces Japanese culture and society, and is taught in English.

JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 202 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Further develops four-skills proficiency, and reinforces and expands grammar and communication skills. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 301
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Further develops four-skills proficiency, and reinforces and expands grammar and communication skills. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 371 Business Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 202 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Presents readings and conversations based on Japanese business culture. Introduces cultural aspects of business as well as strategies for business conversation. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 372 Business Japanese

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 371 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A sequel to JPN 371. Presents readings and conversations based on Japanese business culture. Introduces cultural aspects of business as well as strategies for business conversation. Not open to native speakers.

JPN 401 Fourth-Year Japanese

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 302 or pemission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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A sequel to JPN 302. Continues development of four-skills proficiency; further reinforces and expands communication skills through discussion and readings on Japanese culture and society.

JPN 402 Fourth-Year Japanese

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  JPN 401 or permission of program director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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A sequel to JPN 401. Continues development of four-skills proficiency; further reinforces and expands communication skills through discussion and readings on Japanese culture and society.

JPN 411 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces major areas of linguistic description of Japanese and functions of the language in relation to social structures and interpersonal relationships. Taught in English.

JPN 451 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  four years of Japanese language study or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Introduces curricula, instructional materials, methods, classroom techniques, and evaluation strategies associated with the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language. Students acquire practical experience by participating in teaching demonstrations and class observation.

JPN 481 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Course content varies per semester.

JPN 482 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Course content varies per semester.

JPN 494 Senior Capstone Course

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Course for senior-level majors intended to provide a learning experience that integrates knowledge from lower-level courses. Topics may vary.

JPN 496 Internship/Practicum

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and organizations in Western New York and/or nationwide.

JPN 498 Undergraduate Research

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.

JPN 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Designed for advanced students of Japanese.

 

Updated: Jun 5, 2006 10:52:04 AM