Zen Buddhism, Samurai, haiku, yakuza, sushi, anime, Kurosawa — a minor in Japanese Studies will open doors to these and other marvels of a fascinating language and culture. The language skills and cultural understanding acquired through a minor in Japanese Studies can benefit students interested in a broad range of subjects and professions — from journalism, law, business, and government to history, the arts, and education.
The minor in Japanese Studies has two objectives — to provide a substantial introduction to the Japanese language and to introduce the study of Japanese culture through courses in literature, history, religion, film, philosophy, art history, and sociology offered throughout the university.
Japanese Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, drawing on a broad range of courses in language, literature, film, history, and politics. The knowledge and skills gained from this minor can complement any program of study, deepening students' global competencies and cross-cultural perspectives and their awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.
Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Students with more advanced proficiency may, upon the recommendation of the Japanese section coordinator, substitute an elective course for one required core course in the study of the language. In the event that advanced-level courses are not offered, an Independent Study course in Japanese will be offered.
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.
For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Marie-Christine Massé, coordinator of Japanese Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.229.5676.
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