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General Education Requirements

The Program offers 17 courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, JPNS 172, 226, 228, 236, 238, 342, 343, 344, 357, 362, 364, 366, 374, 376, 380, 472 and 473; one course that fulfills the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, 372; and three Writing Intensive courses, JPNS 228, 238 and 372. The Program also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Major

Students seeking to major in Japanese Studies should take JPNS 236 before participating in an off-campus program in Japan. Because of the off-campus study requirement, students should work closely with their advisers to shape a four-year course of study that will make it possible for them to satisfy all requirements for the College and the Program. Students pursuing a major in Japanese Studies should choose either Focus One or Focus Two.

Focus One: Japanese Culture and Society

Students must complete:

  • JPNS 236 Introduction to the Study of Japan
  • One advanced-level language course at 300 or above: JAPN 301, JAPN 302, JAPN 382
  • JPNS 473 or 474 or equivalent
  • Four JPNS courses of 3 or more credits each. At least one must be in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. At least two must be advanced-level courses. (JAPN 430 or JAPN 431 may be used for one of the four courses.)
  • Off-Campus Study Program in Japan (full year or one semester)
  • JPNS 488 Senior Capstone Experience. Capstone projects should reflect prior coursework and the student's Japanese Studies major focus.

In addition to the Japanese Studies courses listed in the catalog, students may:

  • Apply certain courses taken off campus with the approval of the Japanese Studies faculty.
  • Petition the program to count non-Japanese Studies courses taken at Earlham. These petitioned courses must contain at least 25% Japan content. In addition, course assignments must be adjusted to include Japan content whenever possible. Students interested in pursuing this option must gain the approval of the instructor and the convener of Japanese Studies early in the semester in which the course is taken.

Focus Two: Japanese Language and Linguistics

Students must complete:

  • JPNS 236 Introduction to the Study of Japan
  • Three advanced-level language courses at 300 or above: JAPN 301, JAPN 302, JAPN 382
  • Two JAPN linguistics or pedagogy courses from the following: JAPN 351, JAPN 407, JAPN 422, JAPN 430, JAPN 431
  • One additional JAPN linguistics or pedagogy course or JPNS course
  • Off-Campus Study Program in Japan (full year or one semester)
  • JPNS 488 Senior Capstone Experience. Capstone projects should reflect prior coursework and the student's Japanese Studies major focus.

In addition to courses listed in the catalog, students may apply certain courses taken off campus with the approval of the program convener. JAPN 352 may not be applied toward meeting requirements of the Japanese Studies Major.

The Minor

Students pursuing a minor in Japanese Studies must complete:

  • One Japanese language course at the intermediate level
  • JPNS 236 Introduction to the Study of Japan
  • JPNS 473 or JPNS 474 or equivalent
  • Two JPNS courses of 3 or more credits each. One must be in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. At least one must be an advanced-level course. (JAPN 430 or JAPN 431 may be used for one of the two courses.)
  • Off-Campus Study Program in Japan (full year, one semester, or May Term)

Off-Campus Study

Students completing a major in Japanese Studies are required to participate in one of the off-campus study programs in Japan offered by Earlham or in another program approved by the Japanese Studies faculty for a full year or one semester.

Students completing a minor in Japanese Studies are required to complete an off-campus program for either a full year, one semester or a May Term.