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Japanese - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Japanese (code A/STBA03) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts program in Japanese at CSULB is designed to provide students with linguistic and cultural preparation supported by international perspectives and understanding of humanities for personal, social, intellectual and cognitive development as well as development of skills for economic self-sufficiency in the ever-intertwining world of global economy. The degree is intended to produce graduates who will have the communicative proficiency, critical thinking skills, and a sociocultural understanding for effective intercultural communication. The program will provide students with an opportunity and preparation to pursue a career involving the Pacific Rim nations, to go on to post-baccalaureate programs in the fields such as international affairs, business, law, journalism, public administration, or education, and/or to obtain a single subject teaching credential in Japanese.

The program is different from a traditional literature-oriented language program. It emphasizes pragmatic language studies aiming for acquisition of communication skills through communication based instruction, and providing knowledge of language and culture to develop appropriate understanding and attitudes for intercultural communication. The program will be supported by a variety of discipline-specific courses as well as interdisciplinary courses in Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Business, Comparative Worldn Literature, Economics, Education, Geography, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Religious Studies, Speech Communication, and other programs offering Japan-related topics.

Planning a Program of Study

The student and undergraduate advisor should plan a coherent program that both fulfills the requirements of the major and covers the student’s areas of interest in allied fields outside the Japanese language.

Students with background in Japanese language competency gained through home use or through primary or secondary school work in the U.S. or Japan must take a placement test administered by the department.

Students are encouraged to study in Japan, either through the CSU Study Abroad Program or independently, after completing at least two years of study (or its equivalent) of Japanese at CSULB.

Residence Requirement for the Majors

At least five upper division courses required for the major must be completed successfully at CSULB. Students are encouraged, however, to complete up to a year of their language study in approved programs of study abroad.


A minimum of 44 units is required, including at least 15 units earned in residence at CSULB. JAPN 101 and 102 are prerequisite to the major and may be satisfied by appropriate high school preparation or by examination. Required courses include 23 units core courses and 21 units electives from the following three areas; 1. language and language-related courses (12 units), 2. Japanese civilization courses (6 units), and 3. Japan-related or intercultural communication courses (3 units).

Lower Division Required Core Courses (8 units): JAPN 201, 202.

Upper Division Required Courses (36 units):

  • 1. Core Courses (15 units): JAPN 301, 302, 311, 312, 451 (in Japanese);
  • 2. Electives (21 units):
    • A. Language and Language Related Courses - 12 units selected from: JAPN 350, 370, 371, 385, 421, 422, 452, 453, 461, 462, 463, 471, 481, 490, 492, 497;
    • B. Japanese Civilization (taught in English): 6 units selected from: ANTH 335, A/ST 393, AH 470A/B, HIST 383A, 383B, 384, 405, 406A, 407I, 409, POSC 363, R/ST 344;
    • C. Japan-Related or Intercultural Communication Courses – 3 units selected from: ANTH 307I, 412I, 413, 490*, ASAM 330, 345, A/ST 300I, 301I, 310, 320, 406A, 490*, 492, 495I, CWL 403, COMM 309, 330, ECON 372, EDSS 450F, H SC 420I, HIST 382B, 406B, 478, 495*, I/ST 317I, 318I, 319I, 478, JOUR 312, PHIL 306, POSC 362, 371, 378, 469*, 489, 497*, R/ST 341I, SOC 350, WGSS 401I, 406A.
      • *Special topics courses in departments which regularly offer topical courses pertinent to the program.

Certificate in Japanese (code A/STCT03)

The Certificate Program in Japanese offers students an opportunity to develop spoken and written competency in modern Japanese, and to acquire a broad introduction to various aspects of traditional and modern Japan.

The program is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the private or public sectors, for which knowledge of Japan and the command of the language is useful or necessary, and also for students who intend to pursue a graduate program in which such knowledge and competency are required.


  1. A bachelor’s degree (may be earned concurrently with the certificate);
  2. 15 units of upper division level Japanese language courses;
  3. 12 units of Japan-related upper division work from at least two disciplines. These units must be selected with the approval by a member of the advisory committee.

Approved Courses

For Major in Asian Studies, Minor in Asian American Studies, Certificate in Asian Studies and Certificate in Asian American Studies:

A/ST 190, 290, 299, 300I, 301I, 310, 320, 393, 406AB, 441, 442, 443, 444, 490, 492, 495I, 499; ANTH 332, 333, 335, *416, *417, *419, *490; AH 113A-B, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470A/B, 471, *497, 498; ASAM 200, 220, 260, 290, 299, 305, 310, 319, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335I, 340, 345, 346, 347, 352, 360, 370, 380, 381, 401, 410, 490, 495, 499; CWL 334, 350, 403, 415I, *448, *499; CHIN 101, 102, 201, 202, 250, 260, 301, 302, 321, 350, 360, 370, 380, 390, 410, 430ABC, 451, 490, 492, 499; ECON *490; ENGL 375; GEOG 120, 314I, *326, *494, *497; HIST 382B, 383A-B, 384, 385, 386, 401I, 405, 406AB, 407I, 409, 488, *495, *498; I/ST *317I, *318I, *319I; JAPN 101, 102, 201, 202, 250, 311, 312, 350, 370, 371, 421, 422, 451, 461, 462, 463, 471, 481, 490, 492, 497; PHIL 306, *499; POSC 362, 364, 455, 469*, 485*, *489, *497, *499; R/ST 103, 331I, 341I, 344, 351, 352, 353I, *490, *499; WGSS 318I, 319, 381, 401I, 406AB, *490, *499.

(*) on an approved Asia-related topic.

Single Subject Credential in Japanese (code 155)

The Japanese subject matter credential program at CSU Long Beach is designed to provide students with linguistic and cultural preparation and understanding of humanities for personal, social, intellectual and cognitive development as well as development of skills for economic self-sufficiency in the ever-intertwining world of global economy. It is intended to produce educators prepared in teaching Japanese with the communication proficiency, critical thinking skills, and sociocultural understanding essential for effective intercultural communication as well as pedagogical knowledge and training in teaching Japanese to diverse populations in our society.

The program requires a minimum of 30 semester units of upper division courses in Japanese as listed below under the four subject categories: Language, Linguistics, Culture, and Literature. Students should take 21 units of core courses and 9 units of electives. All upper division courses are conducted in the target language and require completion or equivalent of the four semesters of lower division Japanese language courses.

All upper division language courses are designed to develop competency in four skills and content. However, JAPN 311 and 312 emphasize spoken Japanese at advanced level, while JAPN 301 and 302 emphasize reading and writing at advanced level. The content courses represent three areas of study - Japanese culture, linguistics, and literature. The culture courses provide an overview of Japanese history from the prehistoric times to contemporary Japan, and an insight into Japanese culture and society. The linguistics courses introduce the sound, meaning, syntactic and discourse structure of language, and offer a comparison of Japanese and English as well as other languages. The literature course introduces selected major literary works, which will provide sources to cultivate literary appreciation and to develop cultural understanding of Japan.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses accepted for the Japanese program. The exit requirement is “Advanced” level Japanese language proficiency.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Japanese are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the Japanese Education Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

The Japanese Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Core Requirements

24 upper division units selected from the following areas:

  1. Language: JAPN 301, 302, 311, 312;
  2. Linguistics: JAPN 461;
  3. Literature: JAPN 471 plus 421 or 370;
  4. Culture: JAPN 451.

Electives: a total of 6 units selected from at least two different areas in consultation with a program advisor based on the student’s background, interest, and teaching plans.

  • Language: JAPN 421, 422;
  • Linguistics: JAPN 462, 463, 481;
  • Literature: JAPN 370, 371;
  • Culture: JAPN 350; 492;
  • Variable Subjects: JAPN 490; 497.