Japanese (JAPN)

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JAPN 1A.     Elementary Japanese. 5 Units


Develops elementary spoken Japanese, reading and writing in Kana and Kanji, and the practical skills required to effectively use the modern language. Emphasis on the culture, customs, and traditions of Japan.

JAPN 1B.     Elementary Japanese. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 1A or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement, Humanities (Area C2)


Continuation of JAPN 1A, with emphasis on speaking, vocabulary, reading, grammar, speech patterns, and cultural knowledge. The Kana and Kanji writing systems, geography, and aspects of Japanese customs and manners are included.

JAPN 1C.     Accelerated Elementary Japanese. 8 Units


This is an intensive introductory Japanese language course equivalent to one year of first-year Japanese (JAPN 1A and JAPN 1B) concentrated in one semester. Class meets four times a week for two hours a period and progresses at an accelerated pace. The course provides a solid foundation in the four language skills--listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge necessary for appropriate communication and smooth functioning in Japanese society. Students enrolling in JAPN 1C must be able to read and write hiragana and katakana, the two basic phonetic syllabaries.

JAPN 2A.     Intermediate Japanese. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 1A, JAPN 1B; or equivalent.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Emphasis on speaking, reading, and grammatical skills through dialogues, discussions, and reading. Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

JAPN 2B.     Intermediate Japanese. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 2A or equivalent.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Continuation of JAPN 2A. Further development of speaking, reading, grammar, and composition skills. Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

JAPN 110.     Introduction to Japanese Literature. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 2B or instructor permission.


Introduction to Japanese literature from the 10th century to the present. The various forms of Japanese classic and contemporary literature will be surveyed through the selective reading of representative works. Class will be conducted in both Japanese and English.

JAPN 116A.     Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 2B or equivalent.


Designed to expose advanced students in Japanese to the practical use of modern Japanese.

JAPN 116B.     Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 116A or instructor permission.


Continuation of JAPN 116A in more advanced modern Japanese.

JAPN 120.     Japanese Civilization. 3 Units


Explore traditional and contemporary Japan through a variety of topics including geographical setting, historical development, language, literature, aesthetics, customs and manner, communication, pop-culture, economic development, politics and globalization. Taught in English.

JAPN 150.     Advanced Japanese Grammar, Conversation. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 2B or instructor permission.


Review of general principles of Japanese grammar and study of advanced grammar and their application in oral and written exercises and projects such as speech, presentations, and translations.

JAPN 194.     Field Experience/Internship. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Intermediate competency in Japanese and instructor permission.


Directed fieldwork in a project which uses the language skills developed through previous study of Japanese. The projects may include interpreting and translating for public and/or private agencies in Sacramento or other projects approved by the faculty supervisor. All work will be monitored by Sacramento State faculty. The student must submit written reports to his/her supervisor. Can be taken more than once for credit.

Credit/No Credit

JAPN 195.     Fieldwork -- Tutoring. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced students who have native or near native fluency or upper division status, or instructor permission.


Tutoring of lower division Japanese students, under the supervision of an instructor. 3 hours of tutoring per week for each unit.

Credit/No Credit

JAPN 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual projects, or directed reading. Open only to students competent to carry on independent study.

Note: Departmental petition required.

Credit/No Credit