Associate Professor Emily Stow (MCLC Chair);

Associate Professor Michael Rich (Coordinator)

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Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures

Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

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A major in world languages prepares the conscientious student for graduate school, teaching, international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps and Doctors without Borders. Language majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Georgetown College. A language major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as political science, business, computer science, music, art, English, history, and theatre. Majors and minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. We also offer a German Studies major. Additionally, the Modern and Classical Languages Department participates in interdisciplinary minors in the following areas: Asian Studies and Classics. Finally, it offers an interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Commerce, Language, and Culture. Majors, minors, and general education students reach different levels of proficiency; however, in accordance with guidelines from the Common European Framework (CEF), and more specifically with the national guidelines (5Cs) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), all world language students at Georgetown College will:

  • Communicate in languages other than English;
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, including their art, film, literature, history, music, etc.;
  • Connect with other disciplines;
  • Make comparisons to other languages and develop insights into the nature of language and culture;
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.


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.


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


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) We will read, discuss and write about classical Japanese poetry and prose that continue to deeply influence Japanese sensibility. We will also seek to understand what motivated and influenced Japanese writers, and how they responded to their natural and literary environments. All texts in English translation.          Odd Falls


322. Modern Japanese Literature. (3 hours) We will read, discuss and write about short stories,  novels and adapted cinema written by important Japanese novelist in recent times. My hope is for you to gain an appreciation for excellent literary writing and to develop empathy for the Japanese human experience over the past century. All texts in English translation.               Even Springs


335. Traditional Japanese Theatre. (3 hours) Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatres have been some of the most influential theatrical modes in the world during the past century. Students in this course will learn these forms through actual practice with trained professionals, in addition to reading librettos/scripts and listening to and viewing performances. Familiarity with Traditional Japanese Theatre will greatly increase a student’s Japanese cultural literacy and facilitate deeper interaction with Japanese people. All texts in English translation.

Odd Springs


355. Doing Business in Asia. (3 hours) This course will introduce students to business practices and strategies in Asia based upon the instructor’s work and study 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 business people from Asian cultures. This course should also enable students to proactively understand and manage cultural differences and make life and work much more pleasant in an international context.                                                                                                               Even Falls


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

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