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As one of the world’s top economies and exporters of cultural capital, Japan is an integral piece of our increasingly globalized world. Japan is widely recognized as one of the world’s chief producers of automobiles, robotics, medical innovation, and a host of other products; it is also known for its unique cultural contributions, including animation, music, philosophy, literature, martial arts, and sport. Learning the Japanese language is the key to accessing Japan’s rich cultural legacy. MTSU's energetic faculty is dedicated to helping students learn Japanese, which in turn will allow them to fully participate in that legacy as well as to become engaged and responsible global citizens.


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Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

MTSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee that offers a degree in Japanese language, which is the gateway to engaging with one of the world’s premier economies and dedicated trade partner of the United States. In Tennessee, Japanese companies such as Nissan and Bridgestone account for 62% of direct foreign investment, while globally Japan is the world’s third largest economy, with strong trade connections to the United States. In fact, 62 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Japan, many of which invest directly in American business. Students graduating with a degree in Japanese will find many opportunities for employment in Tennessee and beyond. For more information on Japan-Tennessee business relations, please click the following link http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp to be redirected to the website for the Japanese Consulate in Nashville.

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

Andrew Witt and Mitchell Plumer joined MTSU’s Japanese program at the same time, unaware that they would become fast friends on the same academic track. “Within a year, we were knee-deep in the program. Competing in the Tennessee area speech contest, meeting exchange students at the language table, and preparing for study abroad became our passions,” Plumer says. In their junior year, Witt and Plumer participated in MTSU’s exchange program with sister schools in Fukuoka and Osaka. “It was life-changing to say the least. We were actually put in upper-intermediate Japanese courses when we got there, thanks to our classes back at MTSU,” Witt says. Both students graduated with honors in December 2014. The two became interested in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program after a career session at the language table, and Plumer earned his first job abroad through JET.


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A wide array of employment options await students with a major or minor in Japanese. Employers of MTSU students include Nissan, the Japanese and Exchange Teaching (JET) program, the Japanese consulate, and public schools, to name a few. Career opportunities for Japanese language majors are available in various sectors such as

  • Engineering (automotive, electric)
  • Government (State Department, FBI/CIA, United Nations)
  • Higher education (higher education, JET program)
  • Information technology (computer information systems, video games)
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Translation

Employers of MTSU alumni

This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.

MTSU now offers the option of either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Foreign Language with a major in Foreign Languages and a concentration in Japanese.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The major in Foreign Languages also has concentrations in French and Francophone Studies, German, and Spanish. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.

Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for graduate students in French, German, and Spanish.

Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.A.

Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.A.

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 
615-898-5357
Priya Ananth, program coordinator
Priya.Ananth@mtsu.edu

A major in Foreign Languages with a Japanese concentration consists of 40 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Map

Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:

Foreign Languages, Japanese, B.A., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, Japanese (Study Abroad), B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements40 hours
Approved Bachelor of Arts Minor15-18 hours
Electives21-24 hours
TOTAL120 hours

 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (40 hours)

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  
    (only 3 hours)(only 3 credit hours counted toward degree)  dotslash:(only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) title:(only 3 hours) 
    (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-level 6 credit hours
  • JAPN 4000-level 12 credit hours
  • JAPN 4000 - Senior Workshop

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: One 4000-level JAPN course or permission of instructor. Explores career options for world language majors in the Japanese concentration and focuses on professional development. Should be taken during the last semester of study.

Minor (15-18 hours)

  • Approved Bachelor of Arts minor

Electives (21-24 hours)

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, Japanese

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  
    Only 3 hours(only 3 hours may be counted for the degree)  dotslash:(only 3 hours may be counted for the degree) title:Only 3 hours 
    (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 hours

Junior

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 hours

Senior

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 4000 - Senior Workshop

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: One 4000-level JAPN course or permission of instructor. Explores career options for world language majors in the Japanese concentration and focuses on professional development. Should be taken during the last semester of study.

  • JAPN 4000-level elective 3 credit hours
  • JAPN 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • Minor/Elective course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 hours

Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.S.

Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.S.

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 
615-898-5357
Priya Ananth, program coordinator
Priya.Ananth@mtsu.edu

A major in Foreign Languages with a Japanese concentration consists of 40 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Foreign Languages, Japanese, B.S., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, Japanese (Study Abroad), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements40 hours
Minor 115-18 hours
Minor 215-18 hours
Electives3-9 hours
TOTAL120 hours

General Education

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (40 hours)

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  
    (only 3 hours)(only 3 credit hours counted toward degree)  dotslash:(only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) title:(only 3 hours) 
    (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-level 6 credit hours
  • JAPN 4000-level 12 credit hours
  • JAPN 4000 - Senior Workshop

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: One 4000-level JAPN course or permission of instructor. Explores career options for world language majors in the Japanese concentration and focuses on professional development. Should be taken during the last semester of study.

Minor 1 (15-18 hours)

Minor 2 (15-18 hours)

Electives (3-9 hours)

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, Japanese

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

 

  • JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  
    NOTE:(only 3 hours may be counted toward the degree)  dotslash:(only 3 hours may be counted toward the degree) title:NOTE: 
    (only 3 hours may be counted toward the degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

 

  • Choose 6 hours from:
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    OR(Hum/FA) OR    dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR   title:OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR   

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 hours

Junior

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level elective 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours
  • Electives 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 hours

Senior

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 4000 - Senior Workshop

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: One 4000-level JAPN course or permission of instructor. Explores career options for world language majors in the Japanese concentration and focuses on professional development. Should be taken during the last semester of study.

  • JAPN 4000-level elective 3 credit hours
  • JAPN 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 hours

Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese Concentration, B.S.

Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese Concentration, B.S.

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 
615-898-5357
Priya Ananth, program coordinator
Priya.Ananth@mtsu.edu

The major in Foreign Languages with an Applied Language - Japanese concentration consists of 27 semester hours (excluding 1010). The concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in emergent and in-demand fields that require or are enriched by proficiency in a second language. It is also intended to prepare students to thrive in an increasingly global economy and multicultural society.

Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese Concentration, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements27 hours
Corollary Course of Study24 hours
Electives25-28 hours
TOTAL120 hours

General Education

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (27 hours)

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

 

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • 3000- or 4000-level JAPN electives 9 credit hours
  • 3000- or 4000-level JAPN elective or one of the following: FL 1000, FL 3100, HUM 3000 3 credit hours

Corollary Course of Study (24 hours)

A double major satisfies the requirement for corollary courses. Corollary courses must be mapped out and approved by a faculty advisor in the appropriate section of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Electives (25-28 hours)

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, Applied Language - Japanese

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

*NOTE: JAPN 1040 (6 credit hours) may be taken in lieu of JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020; only 3 hours may be counted toward the degree.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

*NOTE: JAPN 1040 (6 credit hours) may be taken in lieu of JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020; only 3 hours may be counted toward the degree.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
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    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Corollary course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Corollary courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Fall

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level major course 3 credit hours
  • Corollary courses 6 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level major course 6 credit hours
  • Corollary course 3 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level major course or FL 1000, FL 3100, or HUM 3000 3 credit hours
  • Corollary courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Senior Spring

  • General electives 15 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

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Japanese

JAPN 1000 - Introduction to Japanese Culture and Language
3 credit hours

 A foundation course for understanding basic Japanese culture and language. This course is taught in English.

JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I
3 credit hours

A foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese
6 credit hours

A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

JAPN 2010 - Intermediate Japanese I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 1020 or JAPN 1040 or equivalent.

JAPN 2020 - Intermediate Japanese II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 2010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 2010.

JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

JAPN 3015 - Professional Japanese I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or permission of instructor. Basic linguistic and cultural skills to work in Japan or a professional Japanese setting.

JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

JAPN 3035 - Professional Japanese II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. Advanced linguistic and cultural skills necessary to work in Japan or a professional Japanese setting.

JAPN 3570 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Introduces linguistic study of the Japanese language with emphasis on theoretical, social, and applied linguistic concepts and data in Japanese. Taught in Japanese.

JAPN 3900 - Japan Study Abroad
3 credit hours

Students will explore various traditional and modern aspects of Japan while studying abroad. May be repeated. Does not count toward Japanese major or minor.

JAPN 4000 - Senior Workshop
1 credit hour

Prerequisite: One 4000-level JAPN course or permission of instructor. Explores career options for world language majors in the Japanese concentration and focuses on professional development. Should be taken during the last semester of study.

JAPN 4010 - Topics in Japanese Language and Culture
3 credit hours

Topics will vary and will be selected from specialized areas in Japanese language or culture. May be repeated for maximum 6 hours credit toward major.

JAPN 4015 - Special Topics in Advanced Japanese Language and Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Involves in-depth study of cultural, linguistic, literary, professional, academic themes, and issues. Taught in Japanese. May be taken twice with change of topic. 

JAPN 4020 - Modern Japanese Literature
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Examines Japanese modern literary works, techniques, and authors from early-to-mid twentieth century to the present. Taught in Japanese.

JAPN 4030 - Form and Void: A Study of Japanese Poetics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3030. Examination of Japanese poetics from earliest days to present.

JAPN 4040 - Advanced Japanese in Cultural Context I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3030 or permission of instructor. Building on advanced skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese with particular emphasis on the study of a variety of content topics.

JAPN 4050 - Advanced Japanese in Cultural Context II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 4040 or permission of instructor. Building on advanced skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese with particular emphasis on the study of a variety of content topics.

JAPN 4570 - Topics in Japanese Linguistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: JAPN 3570 or permission of instructor. Continuing the linguistic study of the Japanese language with focus on selected topics at the advanced level. Course taught in Japanese.

JAPN 4600 - Internship
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; 3.0 GPA in Japanese required; permission of instructor. An internship in which students apply Japanese language skills and cultural competency. Arrangements must be made with instructor prior to registration. Pass/Fail.

JAPN 4900 - Directed Study in Japanese
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individualized intensive reading in primary and secondary sources relating to specific topic in Japanese language and/or culture.

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