HCLAS - 4-Year Schedule - Japanese Language

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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Japanese Language Major AN 8-SEMESTER STUDY GRID (with distribution courses)       

This example shows how an incoming first year student might complete a Japanese language major in 8 semesters. If you declare your major later, have advanced credit or competency in a foreign language, or are a Transfer Student, your grid will look considerably different. Students who are interested in Japan have two major options: The Japanese Language major, and the Japanese Studies major. Both consist of language courses and Japan-related courses, but the Japanese major requires more language courses. Your choices may vary. Many of the Japan-related courses required for the Major will also count as a distribution requirement, and some fulfill more than one requirement, such as a Cross Cultural or Interdisciplinary Studies. Up to 6 credits of Core Distribution credits may be taken during Study Abroad. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester. Whenever possible, we encourage students in our language programs to participate in a study abroad program for a summer, semester, or year. Students may go abroad as early as summer after their first year, though most students commonly do so in their sophomore or junior year Requirements for the major: The BA major in Japanese language consists of the successful completion of 24 semester hours of Japanese language courses above level 2, and 6 semester hours in Japanrelated courses, selected under advisement. At least 6 semester hours must be taken in-residence. Students are strongly advised to study Japanese in Japan. Please see the Hofstra Bulletin for full degree requirements.

FIRST YEAR The grid below assumes you have no placement credit in a foreign language; note that many students receive placement in a language, which reduces the number of courses required to complete the major. Courses required for the major are in bold type. Any prerequisites are not in bold type. Fall










Summer/January Sessions*











Japan related course* (see notes)


*Select from ASST 021, HIST 71, HIST 72C, HIST 168a-z, LIT 90, LIT 93, LIT 95, LIT 96, PHI 017, PSC 144, PSC 145, RELI 015, RELI 019. Other courses may count under advising, and Japanrelated courses may be distribution courses.

THIRD YEAR Study Abroad Fall/Spring semester or an entire academic year; not restricted to Junior Year. Fall



JPAN 101




Japan related course (see notes)

Select from ASST 021, HIST 71, HIST 72C, HIST 168a-z, LIT 90, LIT 93, LIT 95, LIT 96, PHI 017, PSC 144, PSC 145, RELI 015, RELI 019. Other courses may count under advising, and Japan-related courses may be distribution courses.




JPAN 102

JPAN 103 or JPAN 113

JPAN 113 or JPAN 104

JPAN 113 or JPAN 105



For more information and to meet your faculty, visit our Department website at https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/cll/index.html

What can I do with a degree in Japanese? Many things! An undergraduate degree program in Japanese or Japanese studies provides many important skills to launch a successful career path. In addition to acquiring proficiency in Japanese, students develop excellent skills in oral and written communication, gain an understanding of other societies and cultures, and learn to analyze issues critically. This degree helps prepare graduates for careers requiring familiarity with multicultural perspectives. Graduates work in many fields, such as education, journalism, business, law and diplomacy, and travel and tourism. Graduates in comparative literature may become teachers and scholars, journalists, lawyers, librarians, literary or film critics, consultants, public relations specialists, and translators. In addition, the structure of our program allows most students to major in Japanese and another major.


NOTES * Japanese and Japanese studies majors are not required to take Summer or January courses (for which there is no financial aid). You can readily complete your degree in four years if you begin studying languages your first year or have advanced placement in one or more language areas. However, we encourage students in Japanese to study in Japan if that is an option for them. ** We encourage Japanese and Japanese studies majors to add a double major or minor in another area. In recent years, we have had students in Japanese and computer science, Japanese and linguistics, and Japanese and philosophy. ***We encourage students to study abroad when possible. In addition to going on study abroad for either semester in their third year, students can go for the entire academic year in their third year, for a semester in their second or fourth years, or for a short-term program in the summer or during the January break. For Japanese and Japanese studies majors, study abroad is especially helpful in obtaining both fluency in the language and a high degree of cultural competence.