Course Offerings

The Japanese Studies Program offers undergraduate degrees through selected departments such as Anthropology, Economics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Visual Arts, and Theatre and Dance. Qualified undergraduates may also enroll in courses offered by the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies with consent of instructors.

See a complete listing of all Japanese Studies courses.

2017-2018 Course Offerings

Fall 2017

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 135A Japanese for Professional Purpose I
  • JAPN 140A Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese I

Non-Language courses

  • VIS 127P: Arts of Japan
  • GPIM411: Japanese Business and Management
    (This is a graduate level course offered by a professor at GPS. A strong GPA is required to receive approval to aprticipate in this course. Contact the professor, explainning why you would be a good participant in this course. Once the professor approves, take an ADD Card to her for an approval signature. Take that ADD Card to RBC - Student Affairs for an approval stamp. Then take your completetd ADD Card to the UCSD Registrar's Office.)

2016-2017 Course Offerings

Summer Session 2017

Summer Session II

Non-Language Courses

  • ANSC 166: Film and Culture in Asia - This course must be petitioned.
    Note from Professor Parish: To accommodate Japanese Studies, an additional film of their own choice (approved by me) from Japan is required of Japanese Studies Majors/Minors.  That means they write all the required film response papers about Japanese films and the cultural questions these raise or insights they offer.

Spring 2017

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10C First Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 130C Third Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 135C Japanese for Professional Purpose III
  • JAPN 140C Fourth Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150C Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese III

Non-Language courses

  • HIEA 115: Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Japan
  • POLI 133G: Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations
  • JAPN 190: Contemporary Issues in Japanese Studies (Mandatory for Japanese Studies major)
  • VIS 127N: Twentieth-Century Art in China and Japan

Winter 2017

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10B First Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 130B Third Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 135B Japanese for Professional Purpose II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese II

Non-Language courses

  • HIEA 112: Japan: From the Mid-Ninetheenth Century through the US Occupation
  • LTEA 120C: Hong Kong Films (Student must petition this course. If you take this course for Japanese Studies minor credit, you'll be required to write on a Japanese-studies-related theme.  In this case, that could include (but is not limited to) writing about Japanese directors who have influenced Wong Kar-wai (or with whom you see common points or structural dialogue); Japanese actors, creators, and star power in Wong Kar-wai films such as the actor Takeshi Kaneshiro or the score-producer Shigeru Umebayashi; or use of Japanese language in WKW films.  For these topics, the professor can help you get started, but you'll need an outside specialist such as Dr. Daisuke Miyao to agree to help you develop the Japanese component.  Dr. Miyao or whomever is your Japanese Studies advisor or Liaison will ultimately have to approve your research and help ensure that you are getting the support you need in doing the course for credit in Japanese Studies.)

Fall 2016

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 135A Japanese for Professional Purpose I
  • JAPN 140A Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese I

Non-Language courses

  • LTEA 138: Japanese Films (Students must petition this course. Simply attach a course syllabus.)
  • POLI 133A: Japanese Politics: A Developmental Perspective
  • COMM 146 History through Comics (Students must petition this course. Simply attach a course syllabus.)
  • IRGN 411: Japanese Business and Management (This is a graduate level course offered by a professor at IR/PS. A strong GPA is required to receive approval to aprticipate in this course. Contact the professor, explainning why you would be a good participant in this course. Once the professor approves, take an ADD Card to the instructor for an approval signature. Take that ADD Card to RBC - Student Affairs for an approval stamp. Then take your completetd ADD Card to the UCSD Registrar.)

2015-2016 Course Offerings

Summer 2016

Summer Session I

  • ANSC 166: Film and Culture in Asia (Students must petition this course.)
  • POLI 133G: Post war U.S.-JAPN Relations

Spring 2016

Japanese Language Courses

  • JAPN 10C First Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 130C Third Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 135C Japanese for Professional Purposes III
  • JAPN 140 Fourth Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150 Advanced Japanese III

Non-Language Courses

  • POLI 113C Chinese and Japanese Political Thought
  • SOCI 123 Japanese Culture, Inside and Out (Students must petition this course.)
  • LTCS 150 Cultural Politics of Representation: Asia in the Opera, Film, and Media (Students must choose to do a presentation/term paper on Japan.)

Winter 2016

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10B First Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 130B Third Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 135B Japanese for Professional Purpose II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese II

Non-Language courses

  • JAPN 190 Contemporary Issues in Japanese Studies
  • HIEA 115: Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Japan
    Japanese culture and society changed dramatically during the twentieth century. This course will focus on the transformation of cultural codes into what we know as “Japanese,” the politics of culture, and the interaction between individuals and society.
  • LTCS 170: Japonisme from Painting to Cinema

    Since the period of Impressionist paintings (Manet, Monet, van Gogh) of the 19th century to the digital age (cinema, anime, manga, PlayStation) of the 21st century, Japan has provided extremely attractive images to non-Japanese viewers and spectators.  European and American artists dreamed of an exotic land of geisha, samurai, and Mt. Fuji in the name of "Japonisme."  Japanese artists were aware of such Orientalist imaginations.  Focusing on writings and visual arts on Japan, this course examines how the culture of Japan was imagined and narrated.

  • POLI 113B: Chinese and Japanese Political Thought
    Examines philosophical traditions of ancient and modern China and Japan, to understand how these have been reflected in Chinese and Japanese development. Course will be in English; however, students with Chinese or Japanese language skills will have opportunity to use these. Graduate students will be required to complete a seminar-length research paper; undergraduate students will write a paper. Prerequisites: upper-division standing for 113B.
  • VIS 127N: Twentieth-Century Art in China and Japan
    Surveys the key works and developments in the modern art and visual culture of Japan from Edo and Meiji to the present and of China from the early twentieth century to contemporary video, performance, and installation art. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. VIS 21B recommended.
  • HIEA 150: Modern Korea 1800-1945
    This course examines Korea’s entrance into the modern world.  It utilizes both textual and audio-visual materials to explore local engagements with global phenomenon, such as imperialism, nationalism, capitalism, and socialism. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

Fall 2015

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 135A Japanese for Professional Purpose I
  • JAPN 140A Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese I

Non-Language courses

  • HIEA 112: Japan: From the Mid-Nineteenth Century through the US Occupation
  • LTEA 138: Japanese Films (Students must petition this course. Simply attach a course syllabus.)
  • LTCS 110: Popular Culture
  • POLI 113A: East Asian Thought in Comparative Perspective (Students must petition this course. Attach the syllabus and your course work on the Japan content.)
  • IRGN 411: Business and Management in Japan (This is a graduate level course offered by a professor at IR/PS. A strong GPA is required to receive approval to aprticipate in this course. Contact the professor, explainning why you would be a good participant in this course. Once the professor approves, take an ADD Card to the instructor for an approval signature. Take that ADD Card to RBC - Student Affairs for an approval stamp. Then take your completetd ADD Card to the UCSD Registrar.)

Summer 2015

Summer Session I

  • POLI 113A East Asian Thought in Comperative Perspective: This course examines the major traditions of East Asian thought in comparative perspective. Topics include Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and contemporary nationalist and East Asian political thought. Throughout, focused comparisons and contrasts will be made between western and eastern thought. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. Students must petition this course.

Summer Session II

  • ANSC 166 Film and Culture in Asia:

    Explores films from China, India, Japan and other Asian countries. Popular, documentary, and ethnographic films are examined for what they reveal about family life, gender, politics, religion, social change and everyday experience in South Asia. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. Students must petition this course.

2014-2015 Course Offerings

Spring 2015

Japanese Language courses

  • JAPN 10C First Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 130C Third Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 135C Japanese for Professional Purpose III
  • JAPN 140C Fourth Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150C Advanced (Fifth Year) Japanese III

Non-Language courses

  • VIS 127P: Arts of Japan (upper division standing)
  • IRGN 490: Japan Lab (This is a graduate level course offered by a professor at IR/PS. Contact the professor, explainning why you would be a good participant in this course. Once the professor approves, take an ADD Card to the professor for an approval signature. Take that ADD Card to RBC - Student Affairs for an approval stamp. Then take your completetd ADD Card to the UCSD Registrar. A strong GPA is required to receive approval to aprticipate in this course.)

Winter 2015

  • JAPN 10B First Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 130B Third Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 135B Japanese for Professional Purpose II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Fifth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 190 Senior Seminar (Required course for Japanese Studies majors)
  • HIEA 150 Modern Korea 1800 - 1945: The Peninsula in an Age of Empire (upper-division standing)
  • HIEA 180 Topics in Modern Korean History: Modern Transportation Systems as Visuality and Culture (upper-division standing. Pre-authorization by the Department of History is required.)
  • LTCS 110 Popular Culture
  • LTCS 170 Film Noir and Asia

Fall 2014

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 135A Japanese for Professional Purposes I
  • JAPN 140 Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Fifth Year Japanese I
  • HIEA 153 Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Korea (This upper-division course includes topics on Japan. Course must be petitioned.)
  • COMM172 Advanced Studies: Ghosts in Japan (The professor of this upper-division course welcomes Japanese Studies majors. Course must be petitioned.)
  • LTEA 132 Later Japanese Literature in Translation (Prerequisite: upper-division standing. Course must be petitioned. Students must submit a syllabus which reflects that this course is 33% or more about Japan.)
  • LTEA 138 Japanese Film (Prerequisite: upper-division standing. Course must be petitioned. Students must submit a syllabus which reflects that this course is 33% or more about Japan.)
  • LTWL 4C Film and Fiction in Twentieth-Century Societies - Asia (This lower-division course must be petitioned. Students must submit a syllabus which reflects that this course is 33% or more about Japan.)
  • IRGN 411 Japanese Business and Management (This is a graduate level course offered by a professor at IR/PS. Contact the professor, explainning why you would be a good participant in this course. Once the professor approves, take an ADD Card to the instructor for an approval signature. Take that ADD Card to RBC - Student Affairs for an approval stamp. Then take your completetd ADD Card to the UCSD Registrar. A strong GPA is required to receive approval to aprticipate in this course.)

2013-2014 Course Offerings

Spring 2014

    • Japanese language courses
  • JAPN 10C First Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 130C Third Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 135C Japanese for Professional Purposes III
  • JAPN 140C Fourth Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150C Fifth Year Japanese III
    • Non-Language courses
  • HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia (Lower division History requirement)
  • HIEA 114 Postwar Japan
  • LTEA 138 Japanese Films - Modernity & National Identity
  • POLI 113C Chinese and Japanese Political Thought II
  • POLI 133A Japanese Politics: A Developmental Perspective
  • SOCI 123 Japanese Culture, Inside and Out (Students must petition this course. SOCI 123 is identical to SOCI 120T taught by Professor Turner, therefore taking both courses is not permitted.)
  • TDGE 126 Story telling and Design in Animation
  • VIS 127P Arts of Japan
  • IRGN 416 Postwar Politics in Japan (graduate level course - must email Professor Ellis Krauss to register)
  • IRGN 460 US-Japan Relations (graduate level course - must email Professor Ellis Krauss to register)

Winter 2014

  • JAPN 10B First Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 130B Third Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 135B Japanese for Professional Purposes II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Fifth Year Japanese II
  • HILD 11 East Asia and the West (Lower division History requirement)
  • HIEA 112 Japan: Mid-Nineteenth Century- U.S. Occupation
  • HIEA 113 The Fifteen Year War in Asia and the Pacific
  • LTCS 110: Popular Culture
  • POLI 113B Chinese and Japanese Political Thought (I)
  • JAPN 190 Senior Seminar (required course for Japanese Studies majors)
  • IRGN 400 International Relations of the Pacific (graduate level course - must email Professor Miles Kahler to register) (pending)

Fall 2013

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 135A Japanese for Professional Purposes I 
  • JAPN 140A Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Fifth Year Japanese I
  • HILD 10 East Asia: The Great Tradition (Lower division History requirement)
  • HIEA 111 Japan: Twelfth Through the Mid-Nineteenth Centuries
  • IRGN 411 Business and Management in Japan (graduate level course but open to all - some basic knowledge of managerial and business economics is recommended and you will need to schedule an appointment and obtain professor's permission to enroll). If interested, please e-mail Professor Ulrike Schaede.

Summer 2013

  • POLI 133D Political Institutions of East Asian Countries (offered during BOTH summer sessions)

2012-2013 Course Offerings

Spring 2013

  • JAPN 10C First Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 100C Bilingual Japanese III
  • JAPN 130C Third Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 140C Fourth Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150C Fifth Year Japanese III
  • HIEA 115 Social and Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Japan
  • POLI 133D Political Institutions of East Asian Countries
  • VIS 127N Twentieth-Century Art in China and Japan
  • SOCI 120T Special Topics in Communication and Culture (must petition)
  • INTL 190 Business and Society in a Changing Japan (graduate course, must petition - for juniors and seniors only)

Winter 2013

  • JAPN 10B First Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 100B Bilingual Japanese II
  • JAPN 130B Third Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Fifth Year Japanese II
  • HILD 11 East Asia and the West
  • LTCS  110 Arts of Japan Popular Culture
  • JAPN 190 Senior Seminar

Fall 2012

  • JAPN 10A First Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 20A Second Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 100A Bilingual Japanese I
  • JAPN 130A Third Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 140A Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JAPN 150A Fifth Year Japanese I
  • HILD 10 East Asia: The Great Traditions
  • VIS 127P Arts of Japan

Graduate Courses

  • IRGN 411 Japanese Business Management
  • IRGN 471 Japanese Economy

2011-2012 Course Offerings

Summer 2012

  • POLI 133A Japanese Politics: A Developmental Perspective

Spring 2012

  • JAPN 10C First-Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 20C Second-Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 100C Japanese for Bilingual Speakers III
  • JAPN 130C Third-Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 140C Fourth-Year Japanese III
  • JAPN 150C Advanced Japanese III
  • JAPN 196B Directed Honors Thesis
  • HILD 12 Twentieth Century East Asia
  • HIEA 113 The Fifteen Year War in Asia and the Pacific
  • HIEA 115 Social and Cultural Hitory of Twentieth Century Japan
  • CGS 104 Queer in East Asia: History, Culture and Community* (by petition)
  • POLI 113C Chinese and Japanese Political Thought
  • POLI 133D Political Institutions of East Asian Countries
  • SOCI 120T Special Topics in Culture, Language and Social Interaction: Japanese Culture Inside Out
  • TDHT 103 Asian American Theatre (by petition)
  • VIS 127N Twentieth Century Art in China and Japan

Graduate Courses

  • IRGN 471 Japanese Economy

Winter 2012

  • JAPN 10B First-Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 20B Second-Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 100B Japanese for Bilingual Speakers II
  • JAPN 130B Third-Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 140B Fourth-Year Japanese II
  • JAPN 150B Advanced Japanese II
  • HILD 11 East Asia and the West
  • ECON 163 Japanese Economy
  • JAPN 190 Senior Seminar
  • JAPN 196A Directed Honors Thesis
  • POLI 113B Chinese and Japanese Political Thought
  • TDGE 126 Storytelling and Design in Animation

Graduate Courses

  • IRGN 416 Japanese Politics

Fall 2011

  • JAPN 10A First-Year Japanese
  • JAPN 20A Second-Year Japanese
  • JAPN 100A Japanese for Bilingual Speakers
  • JAPN 130A Third-Year Japanese
  • JAPN 140A Fourth-Year Japanese
  • JAPN 150A Advanced Japanese
  • HILD 10 East Asia: The Great Tradition
  • HIEA 112 Japan: MId-19th C.- US Occupation -- CANCELLED
  • HIEA 150 Modern Korea, 1800-1945: The Peninsula in an Age of Empire
  • JAPN 199 Independent Study
  • POLI 133A Japanese Politics: A Developmental Perspective

Graduate Courses

  • IRGN 411

Past Academic Year