Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 45

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
JAPN 101 First Semester Japanese 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Second Semester
JAPN 102 Second Semester Japanese 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 2
 Units15-16
Third Semester
JAPN 103 Third Semester Japanese 4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16-17
Fourth Semester
JAPN 250 Individualized Study of Kanji: Level 1 and Level 2 5 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 5
 Units14
Fifth Semester
JAPN 250 Individualized Study of Kanji: Level 1 and Level 2 5 3
JAPN 301 Japanese Conversation 3
JAPN 302 Japanese Reading and Grammar 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University GWAR Course 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Languages 3
JAPN 305
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
or Advanced Conversation and Composition II
3
JAPN 309 Advanced Readings in Japanese 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
JAPN 401 Topics in Japanese Culture 3
Upper Division Electives (6 units) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
Eighth Semester
JAPN 510 Modern Japanese Literature 3
Upper Division Electives (6 units) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 8
 Units14
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

 Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.

4

Complementary Studies

Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese are 12 units of complementary studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than JAPN, and not cross-listed with JAPN. Complementary Studies for the Japanese major can be satisfied via four possible routes:

    12 units in any foreign language other than Japanese (may include MLL-prefixed courses);

    12 units of course work taken as partial completion of a second major or minor;

    12 units of course work taken in an approved study abroad program (including CSU Study Abroad and SF State Bilateral);

    12 units of course work in related disciplines with the prior approval of a Japanese Program advisor.

Related disciplines typically include (but are not limited to) linguistics, literature, humanities, philosophy, history, art, theatre arts, anthropology, education, international relations, international business, and any aspect of East Asia or Asian Americans. Where a course with a non-JAPN prefix (and not cross-listed with JAPN) is taken as a core requirement or elective for the Japanese major, the said course may also count towards complementary studies (i.e., double-counting allowed).

5

In general, it takes two semesters of JAPN 250 to reach the mastery of 1,000 Educational Kanji, which is a prerequisite to JAPN 510.