The ability to communicate with Japanese speakers and appreciate Japanese culture gives you a huge advantage in a wide range of careers. Whether on the job or in your community, your Japanese language competency and cultural understanding can help you establish valuable connections in the inter-dependent global community.

The B.A. in Japanese Language and Culture prepares students to be active participants in an ever-shrinking and increasingly interdependent world society by developing students’ literacy in global matters, multiculturalism and cultural diversity, as well as guiding students to achieve an impressive level of language proficiency (intermediate-high level according to the ACTFL guidelines in Japanese) to be able to communicate effectively in Japanese with well-rounded Japanese cultural knowledge in such areas as history, literature and social sciences.

The program prepares graduates for successful careers as professionals in teaching, business, technology, travel, tourism, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and for graduate study in Japanese studies, linguistics, Asian studies, translation and interpretation, TESOL, or focused international disciplines such as policy, management, environmental sciences, business management, and business administration.

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete ALL of the following pre-requisite courses:

  • JAPN 101: Beginning Japanese I (4 units)
  • JAPN 102: Beginning Japanese II (4 units)
  • JAPN 201: Intermediate Japanese I (4 units)

Complete ALL of the following courses:

  • WLC 300: WLC Major ProSeminar (2 units)
  • JAPN 320S: Advanced Japanese SL (4 units)
  • WLC 400: WLC Major Capstone (4 units)

Complete TWO of the following courses

  • JAPN 300: Introduction to Advanced Communication (4 units)
  • JAPN 302: History of Japan (4 units)
  • JAPN 380: Japan: Land and People (4 units)
  • JAPN 402: Japanese Literature (4 units)

Complete TWO of the following courses:

  • JAPN 301: Advanced Japanese Culture, Language and Communication (4 units)
  • JAPN 303: Business Japanese (4 units)
  • JAPN 312: Japanese for the Professions (4 units)
  • JAPN 304: Introduction to Translation & Interpretation (4 units)
  • JAPN 401: Structure of Japanese Language (4 units)

Complete FOUR of the following courses (only one 200-level course):

  • JAPN 205 OR JAPN 305: Introduction to Japanese Culture & Civilization (4 units)
  • JAPN 212: Samurai Spirit (4 units)
  • JAPN 215: Cool Japan Today (4 units)
  • JAPN 306: The Japanese Mind (4 units)
  • JAPN 307: Japan-American Experience (4 units)
  • JAPN 308: Japanese Pop-Culture (4 units)
  • JAPN 309: Masterpieces in Japanese Literature (4 units)
  • JAPN 310: Japanese Cinema (4 units)
  • JAPN 311: Social Issues In Japan (4 units)
  • JAPN 213: Manga, Anime & Modern Japan (4 units) OR JAPN 313
  • JAPN 314: Japanese Visual Culture and Media (4 units)
  • JAPN 315: Japanese Business Culture (4 units)
  • JAPN 316: Japanese Myth and Folktales (4 units)
  • JAPN 405: Cultural Landscape of Japan (4 units)
  • JAPN 407: Japan in the Globalized Community (4 units)

Complete ONE of the following courses:

  • SPAN 307: History&Politics Of Mex (4 units)
  • SPAN 308: Hist/Cultr Aztlan:SW US (4 units)
  • SPAN 309: Hist & Polit Of Latn Amer (4 units)
  • SPAN 311
  • SPAN 365: The Chicano Narrative (4 units)
  • SPAN 370: The Chicano Community (4 units)
  • HCOM 322: Asian American Literature (4 units)
  • And other Upper Division non-JAPN courses. Please see faculty advisor for approval.

Compete ALL of the following courses:

  • JAPN 403: Pre-Capstone (2 units)
  • JAPN 404: Advanced Japanese for Presentational Communication (2 units)

Take JAPN 420: Maximizing Study Abroad Experiences (1-2 units) and then select ONE of the following pathways to complete the requirement:

  • Pathway 1 - Study Abroad (for a Summer, a Semester, or one Year).
  • Pathway 2 - Community Project. See faculty advisor for details.

MLO 1: Japanese Language and Communication

1.1 Students are able to communicate effectively in Japanese in three modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational; and in a culturally appropriate manner in a variety of social and professional settings and circumstances at the Intermediate-High level of language proficiency, according to the ACTFL Guidelines.

1.2 Students gain competency in the Japanese language and linguistics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. Students compare, contrast, and analyze the structural differences between Japanese and English.

MLO 2: Japanese Culture

2.1 Students develop a comprehensive understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of Japanese culture: perspectives (ideas, beliefs, attitudes, values, philosophies), practices (patterns of social interactions) and products (both tangible and intangible, for example, art, history, literature, music).

2.2 Students develop analytical and critical thinking in areas such as how Japan’s cultural background influences modern Japanese life, how to compare their own culture with the Japanese culture, or how Japanese culture relates to other world cultures in an age of global inter-relatedness.

MLO 3: Secondary Culture Other Than Japanese

3.1 Students describe concepts of culture and use that understanding in their comparison of the Japanese culture with a second culture other than Japan.

3.2 Students will analyze and make connections between the perspectives, ways of thinking, behavioral practices, and cultural products of a second culture other than Japanese.

MLO 4: Research & Technology

4.1 Students gain knowledge of appropriate research methodologies and are able to apply them in their studies.

4.2 Students use appropriate technologies in research and studies relative to Japanese language and culture.

4.3 Students collect, manage, and analyze current and emerging technology-based resources to develop and produce their scholarly work.

MLO 5: Cultural Internalization and Language Immersion

5.1 Students demonstrate that they have actively immersed themselves in authentic Japanese cultural and linguistic environments and have internalized the language and cultural experience, from which they have developed a personal understanding and new perspectives of the community.

NOTE: Students develop intercultural communication skills and strategies, and learn to adapt and respond in effective ways. This MLO may be fulfilled by a study abroad or equivalent experience.

WLC's Japanese program has exchange agreements with:

  • Chuo University, Tokyo
  • Dokkyo University, Saitama
  • J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo
  • Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Aichi
  • Okayama University, Okayama
  • Osaka Gakuin University, Osaka
  • Toyo University, Tokyo
  • The University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu
  • The University of Shiga Prefecture, Shiga
  • Nagasaki University, Nagasaki
  • Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Tsukuba University*, Ibaraki
  • Waseda University*, Tokyo

* Study abroad at these Universities is conducted through CSU International Programs.

These pathways are examples of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. They are meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry — there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

Fall Freshman

* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

Spring Freshman

Fall Sophomore

Spring Sophomore

Fall Junior

Spring Junior

Fall Senior

If students participate in a study abroad program during this, or any, semester(s) to meet MLO 5, courses studied at the Japanese university will be counted toward the degree. For detailed information, please see MLO 5.

Spring Senior

Fall Junior

Spring Junior

Fall Senior

If students participate in a study abroad program during this, or any, semester(s) to meet MLO 5, courses studied at the Japanese university will be counted toward the degree. For detailed information, please see MLO 5.

Spring Senior