Japanese

Ying Wang, Chair

Denise Falk, Academic Department Coordinator


112 Ciruti Center
413-538-2885
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/asian

Overview and Contact Information

The Japanese program offers three levels of instruction. Students will build their language skills and cultural knowledge with various activities such as visiting Wa-Shin-An (the Japanese tea room at Mount Holyoke), reading short stories, writing blogs, and interviewing a group of visiting students from Japan. Students' progress is monitored by the Japanese Computerized Adoptive Test (J-CAT). Students who study Japanese may choose to complete the minor in Japanese listed here or the major in East Asian Studies for which language study is a principal component.

See Also

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the Asian Studies Committee:

Satyananda Gabriel, Professor of Economics

Rie Hachiyanagi, Professor of Art

Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics, Teaching Spring Only

Kavita Khory, Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics, Teaching Fall Only

Susanne Mrozik, Professor of Religion

Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies

Joshua Roth, Professor of Anthropology

Ajay Sinha, Professor of Art History

Ying Wang, Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies

Elif Babul, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics

Amina Steinfels, Associate Professor of Religion, Teaching Spring Only

Lan Wu, Assistant Professor of History

Lisha Xu, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies

Lei Yan, Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Heba Arafah, Five College Lecturer in Arabic

Kyae-Sung Park, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History

Mohamed Hassan, Five College Senior Lecturer in Arabic

May George, Five College Lecturer in Middle East Studies

Nahla Khalil, Five College Lecturer in Arabic

Suk Massey, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Chan Young Park, Five College Lecturer in Korean

John Weinert, Five College Lecturer in Arabic

Chihiro Hanami, Visiting Instructor in Japanese

Requirements for the Minor

At least 16 credits:

Two Japanese language courses at the 200 level or higher8
An additional two 300-level courses in Japanese language8
Total Credits16

Additional Specifications

  • Independent Studies (ASIAN-295 or ASIAN-395) do not count toward the minor.
  • Language courses that are not taken at¬†Mount Holyoke¬†must be approved by the head of the Japanese program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward the minor.
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor.

Course Offerings

ASIAN-222 Second Year Japanese I

Fall. Credits: 6

This course emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, and writing modern Japanese. Includes approximately 250 kanji. Supplements class work with audio and video.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
C. Hanami
Prereq: ASIAN-121. Coreq: ASIAN-222L.
Advisory: Asian Studies 121 or equivalent (consult Naoko Nemoto for placement)

ASIAN-223 Second Year Japanese II

Spring. Credits: 6

This course continues Asian Studies 222, Second Year Japanese I. Emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, and writing modern Japanese. Includes approximately 250 kanji. Supplements class work with audio and video.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
The department
Prereq: ASIAN-222 or equivalent. Coreq: ASIAN-223L.
Advisory: Contact Naoko Nemoto, nnemoto@mtholyoke.edu, for placement.

ASIAN-324 Third Year Japanese I

Fall. Credits: 4

This course helps students attain a higher level of proficiency in modern Japanese through the extended use of the language in practical contexts. The class will be conducted mostly in Japanese.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
N. Nemoto
Prereq: ASIAN-223.
Advisory: Asian Studies 223 or equivalent (contact Naoko Nemoto for placement)

ASIAN-326 Third Year Japanese II

Spring. Credits: 4

This course continues Asian Studies 324, Third Year Japanese I. Emphasizes attaining a higher level of proficiency in modern Japanese through the extended use of the language in practical contexts. The class will be conducted mostly in Japanese.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
N. Nemoto
Prereq: ASIAN-324.