The Bachelor of Arts program in Japanese at CSULB is designed to provide students with linguistic and cultural preparation supported by international perspectives and understanding of humanities for personal, social, intellectual and cognitive development as well as development of skills for economic self-sufficiency in the ever‑intertwining world of global economy. It emphasizes pragmatic language studies aiming for acquisition of communication skills through communication based instruction, and providing knowledge of language and culture to develop appropriate understanding and attitudes for intercultural communication.
The student and undergraduate advisor should plan a coherent program that both fulfills the requirements of the major and covers the student's areas of interest in allied fields outside the Japanese language.
Students with background in Japanese language competency gained through home use or through primary or secondary school work in the U.S. or Japan must take a placement test administered by the department.
Students are encouraged to study in Japan, either through the CSU Study Abroad Program or independently, after completing at least two years of study (or its equivalent) of Japanese at CSULB.
At least five upper division courses required for the major must be completed successfully at CSULB. Students are encouraged, however, to complete up to a year of their language study in approved programs of study abroad.
A minimum of 44 units is required, including at least 15 units earned in residence at CSULB. JAPN 101 and 102 are prerequisite to the major and may be satisfied by appropriate high school preparation or by examination.
Lower Division (8 units):
Take both the following courses:
Upper Division (36 units):
Take all the following courses:
Take electives from the following:
A. Language and Language Related Courses (12 units) selected from:
B. Japanese Civilization (taught in English) (6 units) selected from:
C. Japan‑Related or Intercultural Communication Courses (3 units) selected from:
*Special topics courses in departments which regularly offer topical courses pertinent to the program.