Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Arts and Letters Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages Undergraduate Programs Japanese
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese is designed to equip students with functional proficiency in the language, and cultural sensitivity to and factual knowledge about Japan. Study abroad is encouraged to provide students with firsthand experience of cultures superficially different from those to which they are accustomed, but are similar in many ways at the level of human interaction.
Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult an undergraduate advisor in Japanese.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Japanese major is met by completing Japanese 469. This course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The completion of Japanese 202 satisfies the College of Arts and Letters requirement of second-year competency in a foreign language.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses (19 credits):
Second-Year Japanese II
Third-Year Japanese I
Third-Year Japanese II
Fourth-Year Japanese I
Fourth-Year Japanese II
Students who place out of any of these courses may take additional electives from item 3. c. below to make-up for deficient credits in this requirement. Students may also choose from the following elective courses to make-up deficient credits: Japanese 290, 490, 493, or 499. Course work used to make-up deficient credits must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Both of the following courses (6 credits):
Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture
Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture (W)
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
Studies in Japanese Language
Advanced Spoken Japanese
Japanese Short Stories
Advanced Japanese for Japanese Language Proficiency Test Preparation
Classical Japanese I
Classical Japanese II
Completion of a capstone experience.
This requirement may be satisfied by completion of Japanese 493 or 499 or by completion of special assignments in Japanese 401, 402, 431, 441, 451, 469, 471, or 472. The capstone experience must be approved by the student’s advisor.
Study Abroad: Students with a primary major in Japanese are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the Japanese program. Michigan State University study abroad programs are available at various sites in Japan throughout the year.
A cognate of 12 credits in the field of East Asian Studies. At least 6 credits must be within the College of Arts and Letters. Both the cognate and the related courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Japanese - Second-Year Japanese II
Major - Japanese - Second-Year Japanese II: 1 course from JPN202
Requirement 12: Major - Japanese - Third-Year Japanese I & II
Major - Japanese - Third-Year Japanese I & II: 2 courses from JPN301, JPN302
Requirement 13: Major - Japanese - Fourth-Year Japanese I & II
Major - Japanese - Fourth-Year Japanese I & II: 2 courses from JPN401, JPN402
Requirement 14: Major - Japanese - Introduction to Literature and Culture
Major - Japanese - Introduction to Literature and Culture: 1 course from JPN369
Requirement 15: Major - Japanese - Literature and Culture - Tier II Writing
Major - Japanese - Literature and Culture - Tier II Writing: 1 course from JPN469
Requirement 16: Major - Japanese - Elective
Major - Japanese - Elective: 2 courses from JPN350, JPN431, JPN441, JPN451, JPN471, JPN472
Requirement 17: Major - Japanese - Capstone Experience
Major - Japanese - Capstone Experience: 1 course from Capstone which may be satisfied by completion of special assignments in JPN401, JPN402, JPN431, JPN441, JPN451, JPN469, JPN471, and JPN472 or the completion of JPN493 or JPN499. Must be approved by the students advisor.
Requirement 18: Major - Japanese - Study Abroad Experience
Major - Japanese - Study Abroad Experience: 0 courses from A recommended study abroad experience approved by the Japanese program
Requirement 19: Major - Japanese - Cognate - East Asian Studies
Major - Japanese - Cognate - East Asian Studies: 12 credits from Courses from within the College of Arts and Letters in the field of East Asian Studies. Must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Requirement 20: Major - Japanese - 2nd Cognate
Major - Japanese - 2nd Cognate: 12 credits from a single discipline or thematic area. With departmental approval, a secondary or addl major or a minor may be an approved substitute. One 300-400 level 3 credit course must be included in one cognate.
Requirement 21: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 31 credits from Japanese Coursework - JPN 202 and above
Requirement 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 23: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.
Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.