JPN: Japanese Language

JPN 101: Intensive Elementary Japanese

An intensive, 6-credit, elementary-level Japanese language course that provides foundational knowledge and skills including pronunciation, basic everyday conversational proficiency, principles of character formation, basic grammatical rules, and basic cultural norms and preferences that govern language use. Drawing upon a communicative approach, this course situates oral and written language in real-life contexts and promotes learner-centered, interactive classroom activities. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language. A student who has had two or more years of Japanese in high school (or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not take JPN 101 without written permission from the supervisor of the course. May not be taken for credit after any other course in Japanese.

DEC:     S3
SBC:     LANG

6 credits

JPN 111: Elementary Japanese I

An introduction to spoken and written Japanese with equal attention to speaking, reading, and writing. Linguistic analysis of the characters provides cultural and historical background of the language. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language. A student who has had two or more years of Japanese in high school (or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not take JPN 111 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.

Partially fulfills: LANG

4 credits

JPN 112: Elementary Japanese II

An introduction to spoken and written Japanese with equal attention to speaking, reading, and writing. Linguistic analysis of the characters provides cultural and historical background of the language. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language. A student who has had two or more years of Japanese in high school (or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not take JPN 112 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.

Prerequisite: JPN 111 or placement into 112. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for more information.

DEC:     S3
SBC:     LANG

4 credits

JPN 201: Intensive Intermediate Japanese

An intensive, 6-credit, Intermediate-level Japanese language course that offers foundational knowledge and skills at the intermediate level, including conversational proficiency, orthography, grammatical rules, and essential cultural norms and preferences that govern language use. Drawing upon a communicative approach, this course situates oral and written language in real-life contexts and promotes learner-centered, interactive classroom activities. May not be taken for credit in addition to JPN 211 or JPN 212.

Prerequisite: JPN 112 or placement into 201 or 211. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for more information.

DEC:     S3
SBC:     GLO, HUM

6 credits

JPN 211: Intermediate Japanese I

An intermediate course in Japanese language to develop audiolingual skills and reading and writing ability. Selected literary texts serve as the basis for practice in reading comprehension and composition. A student who has had three or more years of Japanese in high school (or has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not enroll in JPN 211 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.

Prerequisite: JPN 112 or placement into 201 or 211. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for more information.

DEC:     S3
SBC:     GLO

4 credits

JPN 212: Intermediate Japanese II

An intermediate course in Japanese language to develop audiolingual skills and reading and writing ability. Selected literary texts serve as the basis for practice in reading comprehension and composition. A student who has had three or more years of Japanese in high school (or has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not enroll in JPN 212 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.

Prerequisite: JPN 211 or placement into 212. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for more information.

DEC:     S3
SBC:     GLO, HUM

3 credits

JPN 311: Advanced Japanese I

An advanced course designed to strengthen students' ability to understand and speak the Japanese language. Students are required to prepare selected texts and to read and translate them in class. They also write essays based on the texts as well as on Japanese videos.

Prerequisite: JPN 212

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 312: Advanced Japanese II

An advanced course designed to strengthen students' ability to understand and speak the Japanese language. Students are required to prepare selected texts and to read and translate them in class. They also write essays based on the texts as well as on Japanese videos.

Prerequisite: JPN 311

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 331: Social Sciences Topics in Japanese Studies

An investigation of a specific area of Japanese studies in the social and behavioral sciences. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes. Previously offered as JNS 331.

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing

Advisory Prerequisites: Two courses in Asian studies

DEC:     F
SBC:     SBS+

3 credits

JPN 332: Humanities Topics in Japanese Studies

An investigation of a specific area of Japanese studies in the humanities. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing

Advisory Prerequisites: Two courses in Asian studies

DEC:     G
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 410: Business Japanese

A course designed for students who wish to expand their Japanese communication skills in a business context and understand socio-economic situations as well as socio-cultural values in Japan. Upon completing this course, students will be able to hold conversations with correct business vocabulary and with culturally appropriate manners, read authentic materials related to business and economics in Japan, and write business correspondence in proper styles and formats.

Prerequisite: JPN 312 or equivalent

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 411: Advanced Japanese III

An advanced course designed for the fourth-year students of Japanese to strengthen their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Japanese. Students will read a variety of Japanese texts including newspaper/magazine articles, biographies, and literary works and write creatively and/or professionally using sophisticated vocabulary and advanced kanji characters. Students will also be trained to comprehend authentic spoken Japanese, using a variety of audio-visual materials and to communicate in Japanese, applying appropriate socio-cultural norms. Not intended for international students from Japan who are part of a two-plus-two or exchange program.

Prerequisite: JPN 312 or placement test

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 412: Advanced Japanese IV

An advanced course designed for the fourth-year students of Japanese to strengthen their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Japanese. Students will read a variety of Japanese texts including newspaper/magazine articles, biographies, and literary works and write creatively and/or professionally using sophisticated vocabulary and advanced kanji characters. Students will also be trained to comprehend authentic spoken Japanese, using a variety of audio-visual materials and to communicate in Japanese, applying appropriate socio-cultural norms. Not intended for international students from Japan who are part of a two-plus-two or exchange program.

Prerequisite: JPN 411 or placement test

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 426: Structure of Japanese

The study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, and writing systems of the Japanese language as well as the use and functions of the language in relation to the social structures and interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisite: JPN 312 or permission of instructor

DEC:     S3
SBC:     HFA+

3 credits

JPN 447: Independent Study

Directed reading and research in Japanese studies. Limited to Japanese studies minors or upper-division students working on advanced problems in Japanese studies. May be repeated. Previously offered as JNH and JNS 447.

Prerequisites: U3 or U4 standing; permission of instructor

1-6 credits

JPN 475: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I

Work with a faculty member as an assistant in one of the faculty member's regularly scheduled classes. The student is required to attend all the classes, do all the regularly assigned work, and meet with the faculty member at regularly scheduled times to discuss the intellectual and pedagogical matters relating to the course.

Prerequisites: Fluency in Japanese; U4 standing; permission of instructor

SBC:     EXP+

3 credits, S/U grading

JPN 476: Undergraduate Teaching Practicum II

Work with a faculty member as an assistant in one of the faculty member's regularly scheduled classes. Students assume greater responsibility in such areas as leading discussions and analyzing results of tests that have already been graded. Students may not serve as teaching assistants in the same course twice.

Prerequisites: JPN 475; permission of instructor

SBC:     EXP+

3 credits, S/U grading

JPN 487: Independent Research

An individual research project in Japanese, such as translation, analysis of documents or literature, etc., in consultation with the instructor. Students are expected to meet at regular intervals and to present the completed project at the end of the semester. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Interview; permission of instructor

0-3 credits

JPN 488: Internship

Participation in a local, state, or federal governmental agency or community organization. Students are required to submit progress reports to their department sponsor and a final report on their experience to the department faculty. May be repeated up to a limit of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and undergraduate program director

SBC:     EXP+

0-6 credits, S/U grading