Japanese track, Asian Languages & Literature major

PLEASE NOTE: Major requirements change from time to time, and differ from student to student depending on when students declared the major.  Only the most recent requirements are posted here, and only as a general guideline.  Students should use only their own individual degree audits via the Office of the Registrar to track their progress toward a Japanese major or minor.


The Japanese major requires a total of 30 s.h.  Students must take 6 s.h. in third-year Japanese, 6 s.h. in fourth-year Japanese, and 18 s.h. as follows:
9 s.h. in Literature and Translation, 6 s.h. in Advanced Language Studies, and 3 s.h. in Cultural Studies.

A maximum of 12 s.h. in transfer credit may be applied to the track if approved first as appropriate to the track.  Students who study abroad should plan their study-abroad schedules with this requirement in mind since transfer credit is not necessarily accepted without review by the program.

The following courses are prerequisite to the major and the minor.  The hours earned from the prerequisite courses are not applied to the requirements of the major or the minor.

     JPNS:1101  (39J:010)     First Year Japanese: First Semester (5 s.h.)
     JPNS:1103  (39J:012)     First Year Japanese: Second Semester (5 s.h.)
     JPNS:3101  (39J:101)     Second Year Japanese: First Semester (4-5 s.h.)
     JPNS:3102  (39J:102)     Second Year Japanese: Second Semester (4-5 s.h.)

Third and Fourth Year Japanese (12 s.h.)
Both of the following courses are required.

     JPNS:3103, 3104  (39J:105, 106)     Third Year Japanese I-II (6 s.h.)
     JPNS:3105, 3106  (39J:107, 108)     Fourth Year Japanese I-II (6 s.h.)

Literature and Translation (9 s.h.)
Students select three courses (9 s.h.) from the following list:

     JPNS:3201  (39J:130)     Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3202  (39J:141)     Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3203  (39J:142)     Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3204  (39J:143)     Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3205  (39J:144)     Major Authors in Modern Japanese Literature (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3206  (39J:146)     Warriors' Dreams (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3208  (39J:147)     Japanese Film (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3210  (39J:150)     Japanese Theater (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3601  (39J:155)     Contemporary Japanese Culture (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:4201  (39J:145)     The Tale of Genji (3 s.h.)

Linguistics and Advanced Language Studies (6 s.h.)
Students must complete a minimum of 6 s.h. from these courses:

     JPNS:3107  (39J:119)     Classical Japanese: First Semester (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3128  (39J:128)     Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3401  (39J:103)     Language in Japanese Society (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3402  (39J:129)     Japan: Culture and Communications (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:4101, 4102  (39J:121, 122)     Fifth Year Japanese I-II (6 s.h.)
     JPNS:4103, 4104  (39J:131, 132)     Sixth Year Japanese I-II (6 s.h.)

Cultural Studies (3 s.h.)
Students must complete one course (3 s.h.) from the following:

Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures:
     JPNS:1506  (039:020)     Asian Humanities: Japan (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3135  (39J:135)     Postmodern Aesthetics & Japanese Culture (3 s.h.)

     JPNS:2175  (39J:125)     Japanese Society and Culture (3 s.h.)

Art History:
     JPNS:2250  (39J:033)     Introduction to the Art of Japan (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:3260  (39J:123)     Japanese Painting (3 s.h.)

     JPNS:4610  (39J:172)     Japan - Age of the Samurai (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:4615  (39J:173)     Modern Japan (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:4620  (39J:175)     Japan-US Relations (3 s.h)

Religious Studies:
     JPNS:1115  (39J:017)     Japanese Religions (3 s.h.)
     JPNS:2360  (39J:109)     Japanese Religion & Thought (3 s.h.)

World Languages, Literatures and Cultures:
     JPNS:3700  (39J:162)     Topics in Global Cinema (3 s.h.)


Students with a Japanese emphasis must complete 15 s.h. for the minor, including 12 s.h. in advanced courses taken at The University of Iowa.  All students earning the minor complete 6 s.h. in third-year Japanese and a total of 9 s.h. as follows: 3 s.h. in category Literature and Translation; 3 s.h. in the category Linguistics and Advanced Language Studies; and 3 s.h. selected from one of the following categories: Literature and Translation; Advanced Language Studies; or Cultural Studies.  (Courses and categories are listed above.)