Asian Languages (Japanese)

Students pursuing a concentration in Japanese gain an understanding of the language, literature and cultures of Japan. There are opportunities to partake in study abroad programs, which can serve to enhance a student's experience and education.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 JPN/SLC upper division (300-400 level) hours offered by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • A maximum of 6 hours are allowed from 200 level courses.
  • * A maximum of 3 hours of SLC 421 credit can be applied to this concentration.
  • Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language. Consult an advisor in the School of International Letters and Cultures.
  • 6 hours of additional upper-division JPN courses should be selected in consultation with a School of International Letters and Cultures advisor.


Core 6 Hours Required

JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese I, G (3) (Prerequisite: JPN 202 with C or better)

JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese II, G (3) (Prerequisite: JPN 301 with C or better)

Electives 12 Hours Required
Students may use a maximum of 6 credits from the 200-level.
Select upper division hours in consultation with an advisor.
Choose elective courses from the following:

JPN 201 Second-Year Japanese I, G (5) (Prerequisites: JPN 102 with a C or better; Students with credit for JPN 202, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314 or 321 may not enroll in JPN 201)

JPN 202 Second-Year Japanese II, G (5) (Prerequisite: JPN 201 with C or better)

JPN 206 Japanese Calligraphy (1) (Prerequisites: JPN 101 with C or better)

JPN 210 Intensive Japanese II (6-8) (Prerequisite(s): JPN 102 with B or better or JPN 110 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only JPN 201 or JPN 202 or JPN 210)

Any JPN 300 level course

Any JPN 400 level course

SLC 421 Japanese Literature in Translation, (L or HU) & G (3)*

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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