Japanese courses

ASTJ 1010 Beginning Japanese I
Beginning Japanese I
Emphasizes conversational Japanese. Includes study of basic grammar and introduction of hiragana, and katakana.
credit hours: 4

ASTJ 1020 Beginning Japanese II
Beginning Japanese II
Emphasizes conversational Japanese based on text in hiragana, katakana, kanji. Includes study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 100 kanji.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ 1010 or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

ASTJ 2030 Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese I
Conversation, reading, and writing based on text in hiragana, katakana and kanji. Continuation of study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 100 additional kanji.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ 1020 or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

ASTJ 2040 Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese II
Conversation, reading, and writing based on text in hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Continuation of study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 150 additional kanji.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ 2030 or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

ASTJ 3050 Advanced Japanese I: Speaking and Listening
Advanced Japanese I: Speaking and Listening
Development of conversational, reading and writing skills in Japanese.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ 2040 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

ASTJ 3060 Advanced Japanese II: Reading and Writing
Advanced Japanese II: Reading and Writing
A continuation of objectives in ASTJ 3010, intended to provide an advanced level of skills in Japanese.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ 3010 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

ASTJ 4060 Advanced Japanese Composition and Presentation
Advanced Japanese Composition and Presentation
This is a fourth-year advanced Japanese composition and presentation course that will help students develop their vocabulary, writing, and oral presentation skills. The students will learn about effective communication strategies in different types of linguistic situations. The course will also expose students to various aspects of Japanese culture and society. Prerequisite: ASTJ3051 or equivalent.
Pre-requistites: ASTJ3051 or equivalent
credit hours: 3

ASTJ 6070 Languages and Linguistics of Japan
Languages and Linguistics of Japan
This course is meant to give students a better understanding of the phonetic, phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, semantic, historical, political, and sociological aspects of spoken and written languages in Japan. While the majority of the focus will be on modern written and spoken forms of Japanese, students will also be introduced to bungo (Classical Japanese), as well as kanbun (Chinese used by people in Japan), Ainu Itak, Ryukyuan, Korean, and localized English creoles. In doing so, we will analyze unique and shared features of these languages, while familiarizing ourselves with basic notions and terminology used in Japanese linguistics. Learners of the Japanese language will benefit from this course by gaining a better understanding of linguistic features and learning about how society and history have transformed the languages of Japan. The course will be taught primarily in English, however the prerequisites include an introductory course in linguistics and/or rudimentary knowledge of Japanese and modern phonetic scripts (katakana and hiragana). Significant emphasis will be placed on reading, processing, and discussing academic works on language. Each week two or three students will be asked to present the readings for that week, before we go into a discussion. Grades will be based on presentations of readings and a final research paper of 18-25 pages in length.
Pre-requistites: ANTH 1030 and/or ASTJ 1010 or equivalent. 
credit hours: 3