Japanese

Lehigh University Modern Languages in Literature - Japanese writing

The Japanese section offers three levels of Japanese language. Students can minor in Japanese by taking 4 language courses or 16 credits. Questions about the minor should be directed to Professor Kiri Lee. Students who wish to major in Japanese Studies can major in Asian Studies with Japanese concentration through the Asian Studies program.

Requirements for the Minor in Japanese (click on link to access the minor declaration form)
16 credits of Japanese (not including any MLL course).
 

Japanese Courses 

Lehigh University Modern Languages in Literature - Photo taken in JapanJPNS 001. Elementary Japanese I (4) fall
This course introduces the basic grammatical structures commonly found in daily situations in Japan. All four aspects of language skills are introduced. Hirangana, Katakana, and approximately 50 Kanji are introduced. (HU)

JPNS 002. Elementary Japanese II (4) spring
Continuation of JPNS 001. Approximately 100 Kanji are introduced. Prerequisite: JPNS 001 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 011. Intermediate Japanese I (4) fall
Continuation of JPNS 002. This course introduces more complex grammatical structures and develops all four aspects of language skills. Slightly more emphasis on reading and writing.
Approximately 100 Kanji are introduced. Prerequisite: JPNS 002 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 012. Intermediate Japanese II (4) spring 
Continuation of JPNS 011. Prerequisite: Japanese 011 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 131. Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing I (3)
Reading, translation, and writing practice using authentic Japanese materials. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: JPNS 012 (HU)

JPNS 132. Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing II (3)
Continuation of Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing I. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: JPNS 141 or JPNS 131 (HU)

JPNS 141. Advanced Japanese I (4) fall
This course emphasizes advanced reading comprehension on topics related to Japan.
Approximately 100 Kanji are introduced. Prerequisite: JPNS 012 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 142. Advanced Japanese II (4) spring
Continuation of JPNS 141. Prerequisite: JPNS 141 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 151. Advanced Spoken Japanese I (1)
Emphasis on comprehension and oral performance of the Japanese language through discussion of current issues and other topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: JPNS 012 (HU)

JPNS 152. Advanced Spoken Japanese II (1)
Continuation of JPNS 151. Emphasis on comprehension and oral performance of Japanese language through discussion of current issues and other topics. Variable content. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: JPNS 151 (HU)

JPNS 231. Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing I (2)
Reading, translation, and writing practice using authentic Japanese materials. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: JPNS 132, 142 or equivalent. (HU)

JPNS 232. Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing II (2)
Continuation of Advanced Japanese Reading and Writing I. Prerequisites as noted below or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: JPNS 142 or JPNS 231 (HU)

JPNS 290. Japanese Special Topics (1-4)
Literary or linguistics topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated. (HU)

JPNS 390. Japanese Special Topics (1-4)
Literary or linguistics topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

MLL 096. [ASIA 096; WGSS 096]  Sex Workers, Samurai Women, and Women Artists in Japan (4)
Through the study of selected visual, cinematic, and literary works in their historical and social contexts, students will gain knowledge of cultures in Japan.  We will examine various cultures from the perspectives of gender and sexuality as constitutive factors of Japanese society.  The material we will focus on includes (but not limited to): 1) The Twlight Samurai, a film depicting the romantic life of a samurai and his lover; 2) art works by Kusama Yayoi, a contemporary artist, known as the "dot lady" and nihonga by Matsui Fuyuko; 3) sex workers under the Japanese Empire in Okinawa, Shanghai, Colonial Korea, as well as women in Zainichi Korean communities.  The course is designed for students with and without previous knowledge of Japan.  No Japanese language ability is required.  All lectures and readings are in English.  Films are in Japanese with English subtitles.  Students who are interested in gender and sexuality in Japan, as well as colonial and postcolonial issues, impacted by the Japanese empire, are strongly encouraged to take this course.  By the end of the term, students will have acquired broad and critical knowledge of Japan.  The course is open to freshmen with the consultation of Professor Nobuko Yamasaki.