Major

NOTE: The revised major and minor in Japanese will be in effect for the Fall 2011 entering class. Students who have entered the University of Notre Dame before 2011 will have the option of choosing either the old or revised program if they complete Third Year Japanese I and II as four credit courses.

The major in Japanese (revised Fall 2011) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

  1. Language Study: At a minimum, completion of third year Japanese or its equivalent.  Majors are strongly encouraged to achieve more advanced proficiency by completing fourth year Japanese and/or advanced Japanese.
    • If students take their entire language sequence at Notre Dame, this will result in 18 hours beyond the first year.  Students who place out of third year at any point are encouraged to complete more advanced courses beyond the third year.  Students who place out of third year at the time of their first placement test are required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of Japanese language classes.
    • 10000 level language courses do not count toward a major, supplementary major, or minor.
    • Students with grades lower than B- are not advised to proceed to the next level.
  2. Literature and Culture: Three upper-division 3 credit courses in Japanese literature and culture in residence at Notre Dame, including at least one literature course taught by EALC faculty.  Any exception must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  University Seminars do not satisfy this requirement.
  3. Asian Studies: Remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by 4000 level language courses or other East Asia-related courses offered by the Department, cross-listed by the Department, or approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The major in Japanese (students entering before Fall 2011) requires 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

  1. Language Study:  At a minimum, completion of two semesters of 4th Year Japanese or their equivalent.
    • If students take their entire language sequence at Notre Dame, this will result in 22 hours beyond the first year.  Students who place out of a level at any point are encouraged to complete more advanced courses beyond the third year.
    • 10000 level languages do not count toward a major, supplementary major, or minor.
    • Students with grades lower than B- are not advised to proceed to the next level.
  2. Literature: One 3 credit course in Japanese literature taught by a member of the Department.  University Seminars do not satisfy this requirement.
  3. Asian Studies: The remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by other East Asia-related courses offered by the Department, cross-listed by the Department, or approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.