Trinity College offers Japanese language courses from the beginning through advanced levels. The first two years of instruction are intensive courses meeting five days a week. The third year and above are non-intensive with three contact hours per week. In addition, there is also a Japanese literature course offered each year.
Students practice Japanese caligraphy in class
The program's goal is to bring the student's language proficiency to the level of a functioning adult in Japanese society. In order to achieve this goal, students must have significant commitment and high motivation for studying the Japanese language. The Japanese Language courses count as credits towards:
The Plan B Major in Language and Culture Studies in combination with another language, Japanese being either the primary or secondary language in the combination. (7 and 5 courses respectively)
- The Asian Studies Major in the International Studies Program. (4 courses)
- General Distribution Requirement for Humanities. (1 course)
- Language Requirement for graduation. (through 102)
Ample opportunities for study in Japan are available either for a single semester, or for a full year. Similarly, there are a number of job possibilities in Japan after graduation for those who have Japanese language background. In addition to these language courses, a number of humanities and social science courses related to Japan are offered at Trinity. See course listings under Economics, History, International Studies Program, Political Science, Religion, and Fine Arts.
List of Courses
JAPN 101 Intensive Elementary Japanese I: Designed to develop fundamental skill in both spoken and written modern Japanese. About 200 characters will be learned. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in 101 alone, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which it will be the function of 102 to develop and reinforce. Students who wish to acquire significant proficiency should therefore plan to take both 101 and 102 in sequence. Four hours of classwork, plus one required drill hour. Students with prior background in Japanese must have the permission of the instructor. (Also offered under the Asian studies program.) (1.50 units, Lecture)
JAPN 102 Intensive Elementary Japanese II: Continuation of Japanese 101, with increased emphasis on conversational practice. An additional 120 characters will be learned. Students are expected to master most of the spoken patterns by the end of the semester. Four hours of class work, plus one required drill hour. (Also offered under the Asian studies program.) (1.50 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or equivalent.
JAPN 201 Intensive Intermediate Japanese I: This course emphasizes the continued development of skill in spoken and written Japanese. Students will read more advanced texts, practice conversation, and be introduced to additional characters. In order to secure maximum proficiency, students should plan to take both 201 and 202 in sequence. Four hours of classwork, plus one required drill hour. (Also offered under the Asian studies program.) (1.50 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or equivalent.
JAPN 202 Intensive Intermediate Japanese II: Continuation of Japanese 201, with further emphasis on written and spoken development of the current idiom. Four hours of classwork, plus one required drill hour. (Also offered under the Asian studies program.)
Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or equivalent.
JAPN 236 Japanese Crime Literature and Film: This course examines major works of Japanese crime literature and film from the works of Edogawa Rampo, known as the father of crime fiction in Japan, to those of contemporary writers to explore social and moral issues reflected in them. While Japanese writers and filmmakers of this genre readily acknowledge Western influences, the literary and cinematic explorations of crime in Japan have also developed ona trajectory of their own, producing works that are easily distinguishable from those of other cultures. The course will also consider the mixing of the crime genre with others, such as ghost and science fiction genres. Works studied in this course include those of Edogawa Rampo, Akira Kurosawa, Miyuki Miyabe, Seicho Matsumoto, and Kobo Abe, as well as yakuza movies. Readings and discussion in English. (1.00 units, Lecture)
JAPN 311 Advanced Readings in Japanese I: This course aims at building students’ skills and speed in reading Japanese. It will draw materials from primary sources in various genres such as novels, poems, newspapers, essays, and instructional materials. Students will develop sentence analysis strategies as well as expand their knowledge of advanced vocabulary and kanji. An appropriate level of oral communication skill is required. (Since the content of this course varies from year to year to focus on the most contemporary materials, students may enroll for credit more than once.)(Also offered under the Asian studies program.) (1.00 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or equivalent.
JAPN 312 Advanced Spoken Japanese I: This course aims to develop students’ listening and speaking skills in Japanese. The first half of the course focuses on basic tasks and social situations covered in Japanese 101 through Japanese 202, bringing students’ performance to a more natural and practical level. The latter half will introduce new conversational strategies and diverse topics and situations mostly drawn from current and culture-specific topics. (Since the content of this course varies from year to year to focus on the most contemporary materials, students may enroll for credit more than once.) (1.00 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or equivalent.
JAPN 411 Advanced Reading in Japanese II: The course aims at further training in reading Japanese above JAPN 311. Students will read a variety of materials taken mostly from primary sources, such as novels, news articles, instructions, etc., at an accelerated rate. The goal is to develop speed, accuracy, and efficiency in students' reading skills in Japanese. Class activities focus on analyzing the given texts and translation them into English. A total accumulation of kanji is expected to be 1,100-1,200. (1.00 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Japanese 311.
JAPN 412 Advanced Spoken Japanese II: This course is also listed under Asian Studies in the International Studies Program. The aim of this course is to further students' acquisition of listening and speaking skills in Japanese through study and discussion of films, TV shows, and other audio-visual sources. It aims to enhance students' ability to express their personal responses and opinions, while exposing them to more culturally specific concepts and topics. (1.00 units, Lecture)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Japanese 312.
JAPN 466 Teaching Assistantship: Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. (0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study)
Additional course information is available on the Language and Culture Studies' course descriptions and course schedule pages.