The Japanese language program focuses on communicative Japanese. While students are expected to learn reading and writing, much of the introductory sequence is designed to emphasize the skills of speaking, listening, and interacting with other speakers of Japanese. Elementary Japanese (Japanese 101-102) assumes no background. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of the modern language with particular emphasis on the control of basic grammatical patterns. Students use hiragana and katakana and a limited number of Chinese characters. Intermediate Japanese (Japanese 203-204) continues to develop all language skills with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing. Students are also introduced to literary Japanese. Study through Japanese 203 satisfies the College language requirement.
The Japanese language courses are taught with a combination of lectures in English and conversation with native speakers in Japanese.
We also offer a variety of courses on Japanese literature, culture and film in English translation. Many of these courses fulfill the Humanities LASAR requirements and are given in our department as well as through Comparative Literature.
 
Courses on language and culture have a department web site which includes current course information as well as links to Japan, a page for high school students, and web pages designed by students at Queens College.
 
Students can take a MINOR in Japanese or make it part of an Asian Studies or other Major. The Minor is 20 credits, including four semesters of Japanese and two courses taught in English relevant to Japanese literature or culture.

COURSES GIVEN IN ENGLISH

  • EAST 251. Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation
  • EAST 255W. The Tale of Genji and Early Japanese Women's Writings Comparative
  • Comparative Literature 220/221. East Asian Literature I and II  

COURSES IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE

  • 101. Elementary Japanese I. 4 hr.; 4 cr.
    Prereq.: English 95 or equivalent. An introduction to the modern language with emphasis on using spoken Japanese in context. Students learn hiragana and katakana.
  • 102. Elementary Japanese II. 4 hr.; 4 cr. Prereq.: Japanese 101 or equivalent. Spoken exercises are increased as more of the modern language is learned. Approximately 125 Chinese characters are introduced.
  • 203. Intermediate Japanese I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
    Prereq.: Japanese 102 or equivalent. A continuation of Japanese 102 with greater emphasis on reading and writing as well as an introduction to literary Japanese.
  • 204. Intermediate Japanese II. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
    Prereq.: Japanese 203 or equivalent. A continuation of Japanese 203. Students will prepare sophisticated spoken exercises and begin to read texts of intermediate difficulty.

COURSES IN CLASSICAL JAPANESE

  • 211. Classical Japanese I. 3hr.; 3cr.
    Prereq.: JPNS 102 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to classical Japanese (bungo) using both a formal grammar and authentic texts.
  • 212. Classical Japanese II. 3hr.; 3cr.
    Prereq.: JPNS211 or permission of the instructor. A continuation of JPNS 211. An introduction to classical Japanese (bungo) using both a formal grammar and authentic texts.

The Japanese Program is now coordinating its curriculum with high school Japanese programs in the New York City public schools. Students who have passed the New York State Comprehensive Examination in Japanese should be able to enter directly into Japanese 203. Higher placement is also possible. In addition, high school seniors interested in pursuing topics in Japanese and Asian literature and culture prior to their enrollment at Queens College should contact the department.
 
ADVANCED LANGUAGE COURSES

  • 305. Advanced Modern Japanese I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
    Prereq.: Japanese 204 or permission of instructor. Students will read texts of intermediate difficulty, write essays, and perform sophisticated oral exercises such as speeches, skits or other simulated situations. Emphasis on idiomatic usage of the modern language. Topics will vary from semester to semester and be determined, in part, by student goals and interests.
  • 306. Advanced Modern Japanese II. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
    Prereq.: Japanese 305 or permission of the instructor. A continuation of Japanese 305. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include readings in a broad range of modern Japanese literary and cultural materials.
  • 311 Advanced Texts I. 3hr.;3r.
    Prereq.: JPNS 306 or permission of the instructor. Reading of selected modern texts with emphasis on expository style.
  • 312 Advanced Texts II. 3hr.;3r.
    Prereq.: JPNS 311 or permission of the instructor. Reading of selected modern texts with emphasis on expository style.

 

Faculty:

Lewis Cook
William McClure

Adjunct staff:

Mari Fujimoto
Tomonori Nagano
Miho Nagai
Tomoyuki Yabe

Visit a unique site, edited by Prof. Lewis Cook:

Kokin Wakashu: Ancient & Modern Japanese Poems of the 10th century

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Classical, Middle Eastern, Asian Languages & Cultures
Tel: 718-997-5570 Fax: 718-997-5577

Late update: May 16, 2006