The minor in Japanese requires a total of five courses which must include the two-year language sequence (JA 101/102, JA 201/202) or their equivalents. The fifth course should be chosen from among the following:
- AH 221A Arts of Japan: Jomon to Anime
- HD 350G Contemporary Japanese Families
- EA 311G Modern Japan
- JA 307G Modern Japanese Literature: Self & Society
- PO 333 Japan: Government, Politics, and Foreign Policy
- WT Winter Term in Japan
Minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced course in Japanese at Eckerd.
JA 101: Elementary Japanese I
Introduction to modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises, and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Students learn written forms, perform basic communicative acts, and utilize proper social registers.
JA 102: Elementary Japanese II
Continuation of introductory basic Japanese with emphasis on the spoken language. The Japanese writing system will also be continued. Prerequisite: JA 101.
JA 201: Intermediate Japanese I
Further development of communicative skills with emphasis on speaking through in-class performance. Prerequisite: JA 102.
JA 202: Intermediate Japanese II
Continuation of Intermediate Japanese I. Prerequisite: JA 201.
JA 207G: Japanese Culture: Supernatural
A study of the supernatural elements that have long fascinated the Japanese, this course examines the changes seen over the years and the relationship between representations of the supernatural and national/individual identity.
JA 301H: Advanced Japanese
Further development of the four basic language skills with emphasis on advanced sentence patterns and increased kanji vocabulary. Prerequisites: JA 202 or equivalent.
JA 302H: Advanced Japanese II
Continuation of Advanced Japanese I (JA 301H). Prerequisite: JA 301H.
JA 307G: Modern Japanese Literature: Self & Society
A study of Japan's modern masters of prose with a focus on how writers address the concept of "self" in a group-oriented society. Works that deal with the issue of what it means to be Japanese in the modern world. Taught in English translation.
JA 401: Advanced Readings in Japanese
Practical use of acquired language skills and further development of kanji vocabulary by reading, discussing, and writing about essays and stories by contemporary Japanese writers. Prerequisite: JA 302H.