Minor in Japanese Studies (24 Credits)

I. Required courses (12 S.H.)

  • JPN 201 and 202 (8 S.H.)
  • GS 215 Introduction to Japanese Culture (4 S.H.)*

* GS 215 is a 3-4 credit course. Students seeking the minor are advised to take the four-credit option in this course, requiring completion of an extra research project.


II.  Specialized Study in Japanese:

Electives (9 S.H.)

  • JPN 301 Advanced Japanese or equivalent (4 S.H.)
  • GS 315 Special Topics in Japanese Studies (1-9 S.H.)**
  • GS 325  Readings in Japanese Literature (3-4 S.H.)
  • ENG 221 Topics in World Literature (when topic is JAPANESE LITERATURE) (3 S.H.)
  • GS 400 Seminar in Global Studies (research on Japan) (3 S.H.)


III.  General Electives: 3 credits from the following choices

  • GS 250 Introduction to Asia (3 S.H.)
  • GS 255 Peoples and Cultures of South and Southeast Asia (3 S.H.)
  • GS 315 Special Topics in Japanese Studies
  • HIST 123 East Asian Civilizations (3 S.H.)
  • ECON 430 Asian Economies in Transition (3 S.H.)
  • MUS 115 Music of East and Southeast Asia (3 S.H.)

**GS 315 Special Topics in Japanese Studies may be taken for up to 12 credits of which only 9 credits can be applied toward Section II above (Electives) and only 3 may be applied to Section III above, the General Electives.

Requirements of Section II and III may also be met by taking approved courses abroad as suggested below. Courses taken abroad will transfer to WSU as substitutes for GS 315 Special Topics in Japanese Studies. 

Akita International University Option: Courses must have the consent of the WSU Japanese language program coordinator.

Students studying abroad at Akita International University may elect to apply up to twelve (12) credits  from the following lists toward their minor. 
No more than six (6) S.H. may be taken for credit toward the minor from the same list, e.g., Linguistics, Business, Japanese Culture, Japanese History and Politics.


  • JAL 180 Introduction to Japanese Language Studies (3 CR)
  • JAL 210 Japanese Phonetics (3 CR)
  • JAL 230 Teaching Japanese as a Second Language I (3 CR)
  • JAL 240 Teaching Japanese as a Second Language II (3 CR)


  • JAS 230/330 Japanese Economy (3 CR)
  • JAS 260 Japanese Business Culture (3 CR)
  • JAS 410 Entrepreneurship in Japan (4 CR)
  • JAS 460 Marketing in Japan (3 CR)
  • JAS 465 Management of Knowledge and Technology in Japanese Firms (3 CR)
  • JAS 470 Corporate Finance in Japan (4 CR)
  • JAS 475 Small Firms in the Japanese Economy (3 CR)

Japanese Culture

  • JAS 150/250 Introduction to Japanese Society (3 CR)
  • JAS 160 Japanese Religion (3 CR)
  • JAS 350 Language and Diversity in Japan (4 CR)
  • JAS 351 Cultural Background of Japanese Language (3 CR)
  • JAS 410 Japanese and East Asian Architecture (4 CR)
  • JAS 425 Comparative Philosophy: The Kyoto School (3 CR)
  • JAS 440 Anthropology of Japan (3 CR)

Japanese History and Politics

  • JAS 210 Introduction to Japanese History (3 CR)
  • JAS 220 Japanese Politics (3 CR)
  • JAS 245 Foreign Policy of Japan (3 CR)
  • JAS 455 History of Japan-U.S. Relations (4 CR)
  • JAS 480 Japanese Power Structure (4 CR)
  • JAS 485 World War II in Asia

Tokyo International University Option: Requirements of Sections II & III above may be satisfied by the following courses taught through the Tokyo International University Japan Studies Program (JSP) with the consent of the WSU Japanese language program coordinator.  Each course may be counted for up to three (3) semester hours. Students studying abroad at Tokyo International University may apply up to twelve (12) credits from the following lists toward their minor:

l  History of Modern Japan

l  Japanese Society through Pop Culture: Manga

l  Japanese Economic Development

l  Power in Japanese Politics and Society

l  Japanese Philosophy

l  Japanese Society through Film

l  Japanese Society

l  War and Memory in Modern Japan

l  Nippon Topics