Undergraduate study in Japanese

What can you study in Japanese?

There are Japanese language courses for every level, whether you are a beginner or not. You can gain proficiency in Japanese sufficient to be able to converse confidently and read material published for native speakers. At Stages II and III there are opportunities to study in Japan.

Non-language courses develop your knowledge of the language's social and cultural contexts. You can study Japanese culture and society, literature, history, popular culture, media or linguistics. Several courses incorporate materials in Japanese, allowing you to enhance your language skills while you acquire in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture and society.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Japanese

You can study Japanese as a BA major or take elective courses. You can also study Japanese for the Diploma in Languages or the Certificate in Languages.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Japanese will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

Enrolling in Japanese language courses

If you are enrolling in a Japanese language course for the first time, refer to information about first time enrolment in language courses.

You will also need to follow the instructions for enrolling in courses with wait lists.
 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Japanese

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Japanese as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Constructing your BA major or minor in Japanese

You will combine language courses and subject courses. If you are majoring in Japanese you must take two core subject courses: ASIAN 100 Images of Asia and JAPANESE 150 Exploring Japan. ASIAN 100 situates Japan in the wider context of Asia, and JAPANESE 150 introduces some important facets of modern Japan, including modernisation, economy, gender relations and popular culture, providing a solid base for more advanced studies of Japanese society. At more advanced levels, you are encouraged to focus on one of the following areas of specialisation: Japanese society and culture, literature, history or linguistics.

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Japanese. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Japanese

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre

Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages

Japanese is available for the Diploma in Languages and the Certificate in Languages. The diploma consists of 120 points of specified courses and the certificate of 60 points. These programmes are normally taken part-time alongside study for a degree. Find out more about the Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages.