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Undergraduate Courses

JPN 101 First Year-First Semester Japanese (5 credits)

No prerequisite.

Acquisition of elementary-level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to native speakers.

 

 JPN 102 First Year-Second Semester Japanese (5 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 101 or equivalent.

A sequel to JPN 101. Acquisition of elementary-level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to native       speakers.

 

JPN 201 Second Year-First Semester Japanese (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 102 or equivalent.

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

 

JPN 202 Second Year-Second Semester Japanese (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 201 or equivalent.

A sequel to JPN 201. Develops four-skills proficiency and expands knowledge of grammar. Not open to native speakers.

 

JPN 211 Introduction to Japan (3 credits)

No prerequisite.

Introduction to contemporary Japan by exploring a variety of topics including geographical setting, historical development, family, aesthetics, customs and manner, economic development, business and internationalization. The class is conducted in English.

 

JPN 301 Third Year-First Semester Japanese (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 202 or equivalent.

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

 

JPN 302 Third Year-Second Semester Japanese (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 301 or equivalent.

A sequel to JPN 301. Further develops four-skills proficiency, and reinforces and expands grammar and communication skills. Not open to native speakers.

 

JPN 361 Technical Japanese I (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 202 or equivalent.

Introduction to technical and scientific Japanese. Further development of four-skills proficiency, with a focus on specialized vocabulary and concepts of science and technology, as well as scientific issues in society. Not open to native speakers.

 

JPN 362 Technical Japanese II (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 361 or equivalent.

A sequel to JPN 361. Further development of four-skills proficiency, with a focus on specialized vocabulary and concepts of science and technology, as well as scientific issues in society. Not open to native speakers.

 

JPN 371 Business Japanese I (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 202 or equivalent.

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 II (4 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 371 or equivalent.

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-First Semester Japanese (3 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 302 or equivalent.

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-Second Semester Japanese (3 credits)

Prerequisite: JPN 401 or equivalent.

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 (3 credits)

No prerequisite.

Introduction to major areas of linguistic description (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) of the Japanese language, and to the use and functions of the language in relation to social structures and interpersonal relationships. The class is conducted in English.

 

JPN 421 Japanese Language and Culture (3 credits)

No prerequisite.

This course explores topics related to language and society, language and identity, and intercultural communication, and enhances students’ knowledge of, and sensitivity towards, intercultural and sociolinguistic aspects that contribute to the property and use of the Japanese language. The class is conducted in English.

 

JPN 451 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Four years of Japanese language study or permission of instructor.

Introduction to curricula, instructional materials, methods, classroom techniques, and evaluation strategies associated with the teaching of Japanese as foreign language. Students will acquire practical experience through participation in teaching demonstrations and class observation.

 

JPN 481 Special Topics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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 (1-8 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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 (1-8 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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.

 

Graduate Courses

JPN 511 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3 credits)

No prerequisite.

Introduction to major areas of linguistic description (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) of the Japanese language, and to the use and functions of the language in relation to social structures and interpersonal relationships. The class is conducted in English.

 

JPN 539 Japanese Graduate Study (2-4 credits)

Prerequisite: Sufficient proficiency as determined by the program director

For graduate students doing coursework in undergraduate Japanese language classes such as Japanese 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, and 402. Students will be placed as appropriate for their proficiency level. The regular course content will be supplemented by additional requirement.

 

JPN 551 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Four years of Japanese language study or permission of instructor.

Introduction to curricula, instructional materials, methods, classroom techniques, and evaluation strategies associated with the teaching of Japanese as foreign language. Students will acquire practical experience through participation in teaching demonstrations and class observation.

 

JPN 620 Graduate Research (1-16 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.