The minor enables students to advance their Japanese language skills and develop a sound understanding of Japanese culture and history from a global perspective.

Policies

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. Special topics courses, when relevant, may be applied to the minor with prior written approval of the director. Students who wish to declare this minor need to obtain the signature of the director.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: JPNS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students must select an emphasis in either the study of Japanese language or the history and culture of Japan.

Language Emphasis

Japanese Language
Select four courses from the following:12
Advanced Reading and Speaking I
Advanced Reading and Speaking II
Readings in Japanese Culture
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II
Japanese and Japan-Related History
Select one course from the following:3
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
Elective Course
Select one course from the following:3
RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Government and Politics of Asia
Political Economy of East Asia
Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)
Readings in Japanese Culture (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Buddhism (Mason Core)
Total Credits18

History and Culture Emphasis

Japanese Language
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Reading and Speaking I
Advanced Reading and Speaking II
Readings in Japanese Culture
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I
Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society II
Japanese and Japan-Related History
Select two courses from the following:6
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
Elective Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Government and Politics of Asia
Political Economy of East Asia
Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)
Readings in Japanese Culture (if not used to fulfill the Japanese language requirement)
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Buddhism (Mason Core)
Total Credits18