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Japanese - Programs

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

This program provides an opportunity to obtain a single subject teaching credential in Japanese. 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.

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.

Lower Division (8 units):

  • Take both the following courses:
    • JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese (4)
    • JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese (4)

Upper Division (36 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • JAPN 301 Advanced Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 302 Advanced Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 311 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 312 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 451 Japanese Civilization (in Japanese) (3)

Take electives from the following:

  • 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, RST 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, HSC 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)

This certificate 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.


1. A bachelor’s degree (may be earned concurrently with the certificate);

2. 15 units of upper division level Japanese language courses to be selected from: JAPN 301, 302, 311, 312, 371, 385, 421, 422, 451, 452, 453, 461, 462, 463, 471, 481, 490, 497

3. 12 units of Japan-related upper division work from at least two disciplines. These units must be selected with the approval of a member of the advisory committee from the following approved courses:

ANTH 307I, 335, 412I, 413, 490, ASAM 330, 345, A/ST 300I, 301I, 310, 320, 393, 406A, 490, 492, 495I, AH 470A/B, CWL 403, COMM 309, 330, ECON 372, EDSS 450F, H SC 420I, HIST 382B, 383A, 383B, 384, 405, 406A, 406B, 407I, 409, 478, 495, I/ST 317I, 318I, 319I, 478, JAPN 350, 370, JOUR 312, PHIL 306, POSC 362, 363, 371, 378, 469, 489, 497, R/ST 341I, 344, SOC 350, WGSS 401I, 406A.

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 a 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 Advanced Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 302 Advanced Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 311 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 312 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
  • 2. Linguistics:
    • JAPN 461 Structure of the Japanese Language (3)
  • 3. Literature:
    • JAPN 471 Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature (3)
  • and one of the following:
    • JAPN 421 Selected Readings/Writing in Japanese (3)
    • JAPN 370 Japanese Literature in English Translation (3)
  • 4. Culture:
    • JAPN 451 Japanese Civilization (3)


  • Take 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