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The Japanese Studies (JPS) program at DePaul engages students in Japanese language and culture to cultivate cultural, historical, linguistic, and ethical values while developing the skills to lead in business, arts, diplomacy, education and digital media.
Japan is America’s most important Asian ally, the 3rd strongest economy in the world, the second largest investor in the United Stated in business, and a global soft-power leader in digital media and popular consumer goods. At DePaul, students explore Japanese language and culture through an interdisciplinary approach to their studies. Our faculty offer classes in literature, history, religion, art history, ethics, political science, business, anime and film studies. Students learn transferrable, marketable skills in the areas of advanced language study and translation, and hone their critical thinking and writing skills by studying Japanese culture and society with experts in the fields of Japanese ethical and environmental studies, gender studies, and visual and material culture.
JPS encourages opportunities outside the classroom to strengthen linguistic and cultural competency through quarter-long or full-year exchange programs to Osaka (Kansai Gaidai) and Kyoto (Ritsumeikan). Special DePaul faculty-led short-term programs are offered every year, such as Peace Studies in Hiroshima-Nagasaki, Diaspora and Politics in Okinawa, and Digital Media in Tokyo-Kyoto.
On campus, JPS hosts numerous cultural and academic events, such as film screenings, Japanese language table, and cultural showcases. Off campus, students benefit from the many Japan-related activities at local Japanese organizations (e.g., the Japanese Consulate General in Chicago, Japanese American Service Committee, Japanese Culture Center, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Chicago), and at local museums and theaters (e.g., the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Gene Siskel Film Center).
The Japanese Studies curriculum allows students to take courses from many academic departments, including:
- Art History
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
Japanese Studies students are encouraged to participate in one of DePaul's Study Abroad programs in Kyoto or Osaka, in order to grow linguistically and expand their understanding of the Japanese culture.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Proficiently speak, understand, read, and write the studied language(s) to:
- Engage in conversations.
- Interpret and create a variety of written texts.
- Provide and obtain information
- Express feelings and emotions.
- Exchange opinions.
- Acquire knowledge of the cultures related to the studied language(s) with appropriate background in geography, history, politics, and society.
- Acquire knowledge of the literary traditions related to the studied language(s) along with techniques of literary and rhetorical analysis.
- Acquire basic notion of the history and theory of language and language study, including linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and dialectology.
- Acquire basic notion of the theory and practice of translation and interpretation.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school1
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by this MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (MLO) of the Liberal Studies Program (see "Special Programs").
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 1 Course Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 3 Courses Required
A student whose only major is in Modern Languages is required to complete the Capstone offered by the Department of Modern Languages (MOL). A student who is double majoring (or pursuing dual degrees) with the primary major (or primary degree) in MOL may substitute the Capstone of the secondary major or degree. An MOL major in the University Honors Program shall take only the University Honors Capstone, not both the Honors Capstone and the MOL Capstone.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
- Six 4-credit courses (24 credit hours) of 200/300-level Japanese with a minimum of three 300-level courses
- Five 4-credit courses (20 credit hours) of 200/300-level Allied Courses from at least three different departments
- Two 4-credit courses (8 credits) of 200/300-level Japanese or Allied Courses
Please note the following course sequence for Japanese courses:
|Japanese I textbook is completed in one year|
|JPN 101||BASIC JAPANESE I||4|
|JPN 102||BASIC JAPANESE II||4|
|JPN 103||BASIC JAPANESE III||4|
|Japanese II textbook is completed in one year|
|JPN 104||INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I||4|
|JPN 105||INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II||4|
|JPN 106||INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE III||4|
|Japanese III textbook is completed in one year|
|JPN 201||ADVANCED JAPANESE I||4|
|JPN 202||ADVANCED JAPANESE II||4|
|JPN 203||ADVANCED JAPANESE III||4|
|Alternate 301-303 and 311-313|
|JPN 311||ADVANCED DISCUSSION AND READING I||4|
|JPN 301||ADVANCED JAPANESE IV||4|
|JPN 312||ADVANCED DISCUSSION AND READING II||4|
|JPN 302||ADVANCED JAPANESE V||4|
|JPN 313||ADVANCED DISCUSSION AND READING III||4|
|JPN 303||ADVANCED JAPANESE VI||4|
|JPN 342||ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE I||4|
|JPN 343||ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE II||4|
|JPN 344||ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE III||4|
JPN 395: FLAC Japanese (2 credits, offered occasionally with an Allied course)
Japanese Studies Allied Course List
Art and Architecture, History of
|JAPANESE FILM ARTS|
|ANIME AND MANGA|
|KYOTO (WORLD CITIES)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS/HISTORY OF ART & ARCHITECTURE (Japanese Painting and Prints)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS/HISTORY OF ART & ARCHITECTURE (Japanese Art and the Warrior Elite)|
|JAPAN TO C. 1200|
|JAPAN c.1200 - 1800|
|JAPAN, c. 1800-PRESENT|
|HISTORY FROM PICTURES: VISUAL CULTURE IN EAST ASIAN HISTORY|
|CULTURE AND GENDER IN JAPAN|
|CAPSTONE IN HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING|
Japanese Studies / Language
|ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE I|
|ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE II|
|ADVANCED HIGH JAPANESE III|
|FOREIGN LANGUAGES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM|
Modern Languages (Japanese Literature and Culture)
|TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE|
|MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION|
|INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES|
|ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (Japanese Politics, Culture, and Society)|
|ETHICAL WORLDS: MORAL ISSUES ACROSS CULTURES (Atom Bomb Discourse)|
|RELIGION AND ETHICS II (Industrial Diseases)|
|RELIGION IN JAPANESE HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE|
|LITERATURE AND RELIGION IN JAPAN|
|PILGRIMAGE, RELIGION AND POPULAR CULTURE|
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.