The Japanese Studies Program at the University of Missouri offers a full four-year series of eight Japanese language courses designed to provide students with a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading, and writing from which they may choose to pursue graduate study in Japanese or use Japanese in a career after graduation.
Elementary Japanese 1 - 1100 - 6 credits
Elementary Japanese 1 is designed for students with limited or no previous background in Japanese language. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese. J1100 teaches all four skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students develop basic conversational skills and the most basic phonetic writing system, hiragana, is taught at the beginning of the course. Students continue by learning the other phonetic system, katakana, and beginning the study of Chinese characters or kanji. (Offered in fall semester)
Elementary Japanese 2 - 1200 - 6 credits
Elementary Japanese 2 continues to build on the skills students acquired in J1100. In addition to work in conversation Japanese, students are introduced to the use of a kanji dictionary and the reading of authentic materials. Successful completion of this course fulfills the foreign language requirement for Arts and Science. (Offered in spring semester)
Japanese 3 - 2160 (Second-Year Japanese) - 3 credits
Japanese 3 continues to build on the skills students acquired in the first-year series with increasing work in authentic materials and situations in conversation and reading that encourage students to understand the use of language in its social and cultural context. (Offered in fall semester)
Japanese 4 - 3160 (Second-Year Japanese)- 3 credits
Japanese 4 continues developing the skills taught in J2160. (Offered in spring semester)
Intermediate Readings in Japanese - 3370 (Third-Year Japanese) - 3 credits
Intermediate Japanese focuses on the development of skills that allow students to engage both the written and spoken language. Materials used include newspaper articles, literature, television, and cinema. (Offered in fall semester)
Intermediate Readings in Japanese - 3380 (Third-Year Japanese) - 3 credits
Continues developing the skills taught in J3370. (Offered in spring semester)
Advanced Japanese 1 and 2 - 4160 and 4180 (Fourth-Year Japanese) - 3 credits each
Advanced Japanese 1 and 2 continue development of Japanese reading comprehension skills and the ability to discuss materials that elucidate Japanese culture. Advanced Japanese courses are designed to prepare students to use Japanese in professional or scholarly work. (Offered in fall and spring semesters)
The Japanese Studies Program teaches courses on Japanese culture that help students to develop an understanding of Japan from differing angles. In addition to courses on Japan that are offered within the Japanese Studies Program, other departments on the MU campus also teach courses related to or focusing on Japan. Students may also enrich their study of Japan by taking language and culture courses on Japan's closest neighbors, China and Korea, which are also offered at MU.
Japanese Civilization 1 - 2310 - 3 credits
Survey of Japanese culture and arts before Japan's opening to the West in 1868. May be taken independently of Japanese 2320. No knowledge of Japanese required. No foreign language credit.
Japanese Civilization 2 - 2320 - 3 credits
Survey of Japanese culture and arts from 1868 to the present. May be taken independently of 2310. No knowledge of Japanese required. No foreign language credit.
Japanese Theater - 3850 - 3 credits
Survey and analysis of Japanese theatrical forms from early precursors of Noh drama and Kyogen, with attention to Kabuki, Bunraku puppet theater, and on through the modern drama of contemporary Japan. Readings and lectures in English.
History of the Japanese Language - Offered under course 3085, Problems in Japanese - 3 credits (to be offered spring 2016)
A survey of the history of the Japanese language and Japanese linguistics that includes an introduction to classical Japanese grammar, regional dialects, phonology, and development of the writing system. Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 2160 with a grade of B or higher or instructor's consent.
Classical Japanese Literature in English Translation) - 3320 - 3 credits
This course studies Classical Japanese Literature preceded by a brief historical survey of Japanese literature. Analyzes such works as "Essays in Idleness" (Tsurezuregusa) by Yoshida Kenko in the 14th century and "Hojoki" by Kamona Chomei in the 13th century. Readings and lectures in English.
Modern Japanese Literature in English Translation) - 3360 - 3 credits
Surveys Japanese literature from 1868 to present. Analyzes works by such authors as Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata, Mishima, Oe, Murakami, and others. Readings and lectures in English.
Japan and Its Cinema - 3880 - 3 credits
Survey and analysis of selected Japanese films from the 1940s to present. Films will be viewed and discussed in terms of techniques, artistry, and social impact. English dubbing or subtitles. No foreign language credit.
Other courses offered include Problems in Japanese (3085) (see listings above), Intermediate Readings (3370), andTopics (2001, 2005, 4005).