2011-12 General Bulletin

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Phone: 216-368-2232, 216-368-6188; Fax: 216-368-2216
Linda Erlich and Takao Hagiwara, Program Co-Directors

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

Today’s students find themselves in a world of increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multicultural contexts. Through a long history of receiving, reworking, and incorporating influences from nearby cultural centers on the Asian mainland and surrounding Pacific islands and from the world beyond, including Europe and the Americas, Japan has developed a tradition of multiculturalism—a tradition that is best understood through interdisciplinary study. Following this thread, the Japanese Studies Program seeks to foster the student’s global and interdisciplinary perspectives, while at the same time maintaining a flexibility that allows individuals to pursue their own areas of interest. To further foster the students’ linguistic and cultural development, the Japanese Studies Program strongly encourages study abroad in Japan for a year, a semester, or a summer.

Students may pursue a major or a minor in Japanese studies. The program offers a variety of courses to fulfill the requirements, ranging from four levels of the Japanese language to courses about Japanese cinema, literature, and pop culture. Besides these core courses, we encourage the student to take related courses in such interdisciplinary areas as Asian art, cinema, comparative literature of Japan and the West, Japanese religion and history, and international business. Taking advantage of the varied resources of the University and University Circle institutions, the Japanese Studies Program makes the study of Japanese culture an integral part of the student’s undergraduate education. Furthermore, the Japanese Studies Program provides an excellent foundation for graduate or professional school or for careers in international business and finance, careers involving technological or medical exchange, and careers in law, journalism, foreign service, or the arts.

Program Faculty

Linda C. Ehrlich, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; Co-Director, Japanese Studies Program

Takao Hagiwara, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; Co-Director, Japanese Studies Program

Margaret M. Fitzgerald, MA
Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Yoshiko Kishi, MA
Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Hiroko Takada Amick, MA
Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Program Advisory Committee

William E. Deal, PhD
Severance Professor in the History of Religion, Department of Religious Studies

Undergraduate Program

Major

The BA major in Japanese studies requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. For students beginning the major at the 200 level, the course requirements are as follows:

JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese I4
JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II4
JAPN 301Advanced Japanese I4
JAPN 302Advanced Japanese II4
JAPN 350/450Contemporary Japanese Texts I3
JAPN 351/451Contemporary Japanese Texts II3
JAPN 397Senior Thesis I *3
JAPN 398Senior Thesis II *3
Four asian studies, world literature, or other related courses. **12
Total Units40

*

This course requires a substantial research paper in Japanese or English. Students are required to identify their faculty advisors and the topic of their paper by the end of the junior year. Exceptional papers may be considered for honors.

**

“Other related courses” may include courses in Japanese literature, film, theater, art history, anthropology, philosophy, religion, sociology, political science, or history.

Students beginning the major at the 300 level do not take / , but do take one “directed reading” in Japanese in an area related to their major research. All other requirements for the BA are the same.

Courses in other disciplines also form an important component of the Japanese studies program. They provide an international, as well as interdisciplinary, perspective on Japanese culture. A faculty advisor supervises each student’s selection of these courses.

In addition to the courses required for the major, the following courses are offered in the Japanese Studies Program:

JAPN/WLIT 225Japanese Popular Culture3
JAPN/WLIT 255Modern Japanese Literature in Translation3
JAPN/WLIT 245Classical Japanese Literature in Translation3
JAPN/WLIT 345Japanese Women Writers3
JAPN/WLIT 355Modern Japanese Novels and the West3
JAPN 399Independent Study1-3


Program Honors

Exceptional papers written for the senior thesis may qualify for program honors. In addition, to qualify for the BA with honors in Japanese, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses taken for the Japanese major.

Study Abroad

A year of study in Japan is highly recommended, as is additional study in another language. All efforts are made to grant appropriate credit for courses taken at a Japanese university during the year abroad.

Minor

For students beginning Japanese at the introductory level, the course requirements for the minor are as follows:

JAPN 101Elementary Japanese I4
JAPN 102Elementary Japanese II4
JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese I4
JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II4
One 300-level course3
Total Units19

For students beginning Japanese at the 200 level, the requirements for the minor are five courses at the 200 and 300 level, approved by a program director.