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Minor in Japanese Studies

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General Information

The Japanese Studies Minor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics is the hub of Japanese Studies at Syracuse. It draws together the wide range of Japan-related courses available on campus into one centralized curriculum, and offers an interdisciplinary pathway for studying Japanese language, literature, film, politics, and cultural history. Students minoring in Japanese Studies will graduate with language proficiency in modern Japanese, familiarity with the Japanese humanities, and advanced analytical skills.


The Japanese Studies Minor is an 18-credit curriculum. The following language courses are required for all minors:

  • JPS 202: Japanese IV (offered spring semesters) (4 credits)
  • JPS 301: Japanese V (offered fall semesters) (3 credits)
  • JPS 302: Japanese VI (offered spring semesters) (3 credits)

In addition to the language courses listed above, Japanese Studies minors are required to take three of the following elective courses. Additional courses may be taken with the approval of the minor coordinator (Tomoko Walter).

  • LIT 204: Popular Culture in Modern Japan (alternating spring semesters) (3 credits)
  • LIT 205: Tokyo Today in Literature and Film (fall semesters) (3 credits)
  • LIT 300: Japanese Literature Before 1600 (alternating fall semesters) (3 credits)
  • LIT 303: Culture and Crisis in Contemporary Japan (spring semesters) (3 credits)
  • LIT 304: Modern Japanese Literature and Film (alternating fall semesters) (3 credi
  • PSC 300: Political Economy of Japan (offered irregularly) (3 credits)
  • HST 395: Modern Japan (offered yearly) (3 credits)
  • HST 300: Japan before Tokugawa (offered irregularly) (3 credits)

Students are also encouraged to explore study abroad options in Japan that are offered through SU Abroad.

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