Minor in Japanese Language & Literature

Minors in Japanese reach advanced proficiency in the Japanese language through at least third-year Japanese, and acquire a solid foundation in the study of Japanese literature and culture. Many students study abroad for a semester or year at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies or through our exchange at Keio University in Tokyo. The minor is frequently combined with majors such as International Relations, History, Asian Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Business Management, and History of Art & Architecture. Graduating Japanese minors have gone on to jobs in government, consulting, translation, and education, as well as graduate programs in law, medicine, management, and East Asian Studies.

Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 4 credit hours.

Six CAS LJ courses numbered 240 and above are required for the minor, including:

  • CAS LJ 303 Third-Year Modern Japanese 1
  • CAS LJ 304 Third-Year Modern Japanese 2
  • at least one course in Japanese literature

Up to four courses taken in Kyoto through Boston University’s Study Abroad Program may count toward the minor. Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs (but only with approval of the minor advisor) and must take a minimum of three courses (or a minimum of two, if they have four courses approved for credit toward the minor from the above-mentioned programs in Kyoto) on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward the minor.

Placement Examination

A placement test is required of all students whose most recent course in Japanese was taken while in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information on testing dates and times is available in the department.