Department of Modern Languages & Classics
Courses and programs in Japanese are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics
Department Policy - Modern Languages and Classics
1. Enrollment in some language courses involves the following formal placement procedures.
All students seeking entry into language courses who have not previously taken a language course at Saint Mary’s University must complete and return the Language Profile Form to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.
Based on the information provided in the Language Profile Form, students may receive notification from the Department to appear for an oral interview and/or a written placement test at a designated time.
The Department of Modern Languages determines the appropriate course placement for each student
(i) Permission to register or remain in a particular language course can be refused if the Department judges that the student’s knowledge exceeds the level for that course.
(ii) Native speakers are not eligible to receive advanced credit for language courses.
(iii) Completion of Advanced Standing (transfer) courses does not exempt a student from taking the placement test.
2. In order to ensure the academic integrity in language courses, especially at the lower levels of instruction, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics does not allow native or near-native speakers of a particular target language to enroll in courses at the 2000 level or lower.
Students who misrepresent their knowledge of any given language by providing inaccurate or incomplete information about their linguistic educational history will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in Academic Regulation 19(d).
3. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics supports a policy of regular class attendance by students. Frequent, unexplained absences from class will result in a lowering of the final grade in a manner to be determined by each faculty member.
Programs in Japanese
The Certificate of Japanese Studies is available as outlined below.
Certificate of Japanese Studies (CER JPST)
This certificate program in Japanese Studies is designed to provide linguistic, cultural and practical knowledge to persons interested in studying about or working in Japan. The program consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours. It is intended for undergraduate students, persons already holding degrees in any discipline, and mature students with relevant work experience.
The Certificate of Japanese Studies requires a formal application for admission. The official approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator is a prerequisite for admission to the
Japanese / Latin American Studies 219 program. Students majoring in Asian Studies at Saint Mary’s University are not eligible for this program.
A student of the program must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at Saint Mary’s University. Relevant academic courses, work experience and linguistic capability may be considered for credit recognition. Applicants should submit a resume of relevant work experience, official university transcripts and any other relevant documentation.
This program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours and a number of optional credit hours. All students are required to take JPNS 1100 Introductory Japanese and JPNS 2200 Intermediate Japanese. Students must also select twelve (12) optional credits hours in at least two different disciplines from the following courses:
- ANTH 2326 Contemporary East Asia
- ANTH 2327 Japanese Society
- ASNT 2303 Contemporary Japan: Institutions and Culture
- ASNT 3300 Multidisciplinary Study of Asia
- ASNT 3302 Japanese Film and Literature
- HIST 1222 Introduction to East Asian History
- HIST 2354 Japan before 1800
- HIST 2355 Late Tokugawa and Imperial Japan: 1800-1945
- HIST 2356 Japan since 1945
- RELS 2327 The Buddhist Religious Tradition
At least twelve (12) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above. Detailed descriptions are found under Departmental listing. Not all courses will be offered each year.