Japanese Language (JAPN)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

Course Fees

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JAPN 101. Basic Japanese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: For beginners. Development of four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

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JAPN 102. Basic Japanese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 101 or permission of instructor.

Description: For beginners. Development of four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

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JAPN 200. Study Abroad1-15 Units

Description: Participation in a University of Louisville study abroad program or another program with prior approval of the Department. Credit is awarded with proof of successful completion.

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JAPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 102 or permission of instructor.

Description: Designed to strengthen language skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

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JAPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 201 or permission of instructor.

Description: Designed to strengthen language skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

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JAPN 300. Study Abroad1-15 Units

Description: Participation in a University of Louisville study abroad program or another program undertaken with prior approval of the Department. Credit is awarded with proof of successful completion.

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JAPN 301. Advanced Japanese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Description: Development of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in Japanese. Intense vocabulary practice. Introduction to Japanese culture.

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JAPN 302. Advanced Japanese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 301 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.

Description: Continued development of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in Japanese. Intense vocabulary practice. Introduction of Japanese culture.

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JAPN 321. Japanese Conversation3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 202.

Description: Focus is on speaking and listening in everyday communication.

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JAPN 322. Japanese Composition I3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 321.

Description: To increase Japanese language proficiency in writing through activities which would create new ideas, new vocabulary and grammar.

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JAPN 323. Japanese Composition II3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 322.

Description: The focus is on writing essays using transition devices and complex sentences with a more advanced level of grammar and idiomatic expressions than Composition 1.

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JAPN 331. Introduction to Japanese Culture3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 302 or instructor's permission.

Description: Survey of Japanese culture and society. Students will be exposed to readings and conversations about Japanese history and geography, past and contemporary cultural and societal mores, individual and collective social roles.

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JAPN 355. Reading Japanese Texts3 Units

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 355.

Description: Reading, writing and translation of Japanese texts.

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