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The Japanese major offers modern Japanese at all levels and Classical Japanese, including upper-level seminars that explore its literature and culture both in the original Japanese and in translation. From The Tale of Genji, regarded as the world’s first novel, through to haiku, the Nobel Laureates Kawabata and Ôe, to some of the most popular contemporary novelists in the world, Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami, the program explores the Japanese literary and cultural heritage as rich and lengthy as that of English literature. The Japanese major is designed to prepare students with the skills of cultural literacy and interpretation as well as linguistic proficiency. Students are also encouraged to demonstrate the integration of their skills and knowledge through the translation of Japanese literary works into English.
Requirements: 30 credits with the following distribution
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