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. Classroom activities will also focus on acquisition of Japanese social skills including etiquette and group structure and hierarchy. 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 creating a “total language environment” with the exclusive use of Japanese, and using language 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 focus on modes of change and continuity in form, theme and influence. Fall

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. Spring

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. Spring

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. Fall

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