Japanese at Kalamazoo


Noriko Sugimori, Brian White

About the Program

The Japanese program offers courses in the language and culture of Japan. On campus, students can take eight courses in Japanese language over three years, The Japanese program provides students with exposure to the language, literature, and culture of Japan. The multiple levels of Japanese language courses offer a balanced emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking, establishing a good foundation for ongoing language study. Students may study abroad in Japan or take part in other forms of advanced study to continue developing their language skills. Japanese Studies courses (in English) acquaint students with Japanese literary works and their social, political, and cultural contexts.


Requirements for the Minor

Number of Units

6 total units are required; not including JAPN 101-102

Required Courses: (5 units)

A. Language courses (at least 4 units)

JAPN 103, 201, 202, 203 (or approved equivalent courses for a total of four units)

All students wishing to count equivalent language courses taken off campus must demonstrate the appropriate aptitude with a placement exam. Please note that placement exams are only offered at the beginnings of each quarter.

It is also important to note that Japanese language courses are offered in the Fall-Winter-Spring sequence for both JAPN-101-102-103 and JAPN-201-202-203. JAPN-101 and JAPN-201 are only offered in the Fall quarter.

B. One Japanese Studies course taken on campus (1 unit)

From among JAPN 236, JAPN 237, JAPN 238, JAPN 239, JAPN 240, JAPN 245, JAPN 250

Elective Course: (1 Unit)

Minors must complete one additional elective course. This course can be a second Japanese Studies course taken on campus, an advanced Japanese language course above JAPN 203 taken on campus, or an approved non-language course taken on study abroad. With approval, additional special topics one-time course offerings with Japanese Studies content many count as an elective.

Related Programs

The Japanese program is also an essential part of the East Asian Studies Department and contributes to the International and Area Studies program as well. Students may major in East Asian Studies or in International and Area Studies with a focus on East Asia. Interested students should consult with the Chair of East Asian Studies. See catalog listings for East Asian Studies or International and Area Studies for requirements for these majors.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The College has established several programs in Japan. Please consult with the Center for International Programs on the different options available. To maximize the benefits of studying abroad, students are strongly encouraged to complete JAPN-203 before leaving for Japan. For more details about language preparation for study abroad, consult early with professors and the Center for International Programs.

For more information on study abroad, visit the EAS page on study abroad.