Japanese

The MCLC department offers to students at the beginning and intermediate levels an awareness of linguistic diversity in human societies, an ability to communicate at a basic level in a second language, and an acquaintance with the culture of that language. Majors and minors acquire high levels of communicative skills, a broad acquaintance with the culture, and an ability to understand and analyze the cultural manifestations (mores, literature and the arts, history) of their chosen languages. A major in this department prepares the conscientious student for graduate school or for teaching in secondary, middle, or elementary schools, and provides very useful skills applicable in international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and other areas. A language major or minor can also be a valuable complement to another major. Majors are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in a foreign study program. Foreign studies at any level, with fully transferable credit, are available at through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and through other programs. Minors in Asian Studies and Classics are also offered.

Students with two years or more of Japanese at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must take the departmental placement exam.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary Japanese I and II. (3 hours each) Immediate introduction of hiragana, katakana and kanji immerses students in an authentic linguistic environment, and use of communicative strategies in class and with the text encourages rapid acquisition of skill in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lab required. Elementary Japanese I Fall; Elementary Japanese II Spring, Fall as needed

201. Intermediate Japanese. (3 hours) Emphasis on development of basic skills acquired in Elementary Japanese and role playing activities to develop student ability to travel and study in Japan. Students will also have the opportunity to give presentations in Japanese on topics of their own choosing. Lab required. Fall

202. Intermediate Japanese II. (3 hours) Readings from Japanese newspapers and magazines and other authentic sources will be introduced, and classroom activities will focus on using Japanese in a variety of “real life” situations. Lab required. Spring as needed

320 Traditional Japanese Literature. (3 hours) An introduction to the canonical works of traditional Japanese poetry and prose written from the 7th to 19th centuries a.d. Discussions and lectures orient students to the literary norms and cultural milieux of the periods contemporaneous with the works in question. Odd Falls

322. Modern Japanese Literature. (3 hours) An introduction to the history and trajectory of modern Japanese literature from the 1880’s to today. Discussions and lectures focus on Japanese modernization, the effect of imperialism and colonialism in Asia and the two world wars, and Japan’s cultural presence in Asia today. Even Springs

335. Traditional Japanese Theatre. (3 hours) Students will experience Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatre by reading texts and practicing actual modes of performance including singing and dancing. Lectures will include video presentation of performances while discussions will focus the relationship between dramatic theory and practice and the role texts play in these dramatic forms. Odd Springs

355. Doing Business in Asia. (3 hours) This course will introduce students to business practices and strategies in Asia with case studies of actual businesses in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. Students will acquire familiarity with the languages, cultures and histories of East Asia to prepare them for smooth interaction with businesspeople from Asian cultures and to minimize potential misunderstanding and conflict. Even Falls

370. Topics in Japanese Culture/Language/Literature. (3 hours) Study of a special topic announced at advance registration. No Prerequisite.

380. Japanese Language, Culture, and Technology. (3 hours) Spend three weeks studying and living at our sister institution in Nagoya Japan, Aichi Institute of Technology (Ichiro’s alma mater). Nagoya is in the heartland of Japan’s center of traditional (ceramics, papermaking, fine carpentry) and modern (Toyota!) technology, and is near Georgetown’s sister city Tahara. Interact with Japanese students in and out of the classroom, and experience first-hand traditional and modern Japanese life and culture. Prerequisites: JPN 102 Odd May Terms



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