Jun 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Japanese Major

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Students should take 36 credits hours beyond the 1000-level. (JPNS 1000 and 1010 are prerequisites for the higher level of the language, but do not count directly toward the major.)

Only grades of “C” or better can be counted toward a Japanese major.

Elective courses:

To fulfill the remaining hours, students should take at least eight additional credit hours of electives. The following courses may be counted as electives:

  • JPNS courses at the 3000 level or above
  • Courses that focus specifically on Japanese studies in other departments, such as the Departments of Comparative Religion, History, or Political Science. All electives taken outside the Department of World Languages and Literatures must be approved by a major/minor Japanese advisor.


At least one elective must be taken as a class at WMU and not as a course during study abroad.

Study Abroad

Students in the Japanese major are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad through WMU’s exchange institutions in Japan. Students must consult with the Japanese advisor well in advance of such study in order to plan properly and obtain approval for credits to be taken as part of the required or elective hours for the major.

Transfer credits

Students may transfer up to 16 credits earned in other institutions, including equivalents for JPNS 2000, JPNS 2010, JPNS 3000 and JPNS 3010, and up to 8 credits for elective courses.

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