Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Japanese Language and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Introductory language sequence (16 credits or the equivalent)
JAPN 1001
JAPN 1002
Beginning Japanese I
and Beginning Japanese II
or JAPN 1005 Intensive Beginning Japanese
JAPN 2003
JAPN 2004
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
or JAPN 2006 Intensive Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 2004Intermediate Japanese II
Required courses (15 credits)
JAPN 3105Intermediate Japanese III
JAPN 3106Intermediate Japanese IV
JAPN 3111Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 3112Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 4109Introduction to Bungo, Literary Japanese
Six courses (18 credits) of Japanese (JAPN) courses numbered 3000 or above.
Two courses (6 credits) from the following:
AH 2190East Asian Art
ANTH 3705Anthropology of East Asia
CHIN 3111Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 3112Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 3136WChinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136 Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
EALL 3811Confucian Literature in East Asia
or REL 2811 Confucian Literature in East Asia
EALL 3814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
or REL 2814 Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
EALL 3831Daoism in East Asia
or REL 3831 Daoism in East Asia
or REL 3831W Daoism in East Asia
ECON 2170Introduction to the Economy of Japan
HIST 3610China to 1800
HIST 3611History of Modern China
HIST 3621History of Modern Japan
IAFF 2091East Asia-Past and Present
KOR 3111Korean Literature in Translation
KOR 3112Korean Literature in Translation
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2374Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
REL 2601Buddhism

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

EALL faculty will recommend students for EALL departmental special honors based on the following criteria:

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, candidates for special honors must have attained by the end of the fall semester of the senior year:

  • a 3.7 grade-point average in the Japanese major
  • at least a 3.4 average overall
  • a minimum of C- in every course that they have taken at GW

The Japanese program selects two students at the most based on the students' overall performance in the program.