Undergraduate study in Japanese

What you can study in Japanese

There are Japanese language courses for every level, whether you are a beginner or not. You can gain proficiency in Japanese sufficient to be able to converse confidently and read material published for native speakers. At Stages II and III there are opportunities to study in Japan.

Non-language courses develop your knowledge of the language's social and cultural contexts. You can study Japanese culture and society, literature, history, popular culture, media or linguistics. Several courses incorporate materials in Japanese, allowing you to enhance your language skills while you acquire in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture and society.

Structuring your major in Japanese

You can take a major in Japanese as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

  • For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
  • For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
  • For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.

Taking a Module in Japanese

If you would like to study Japanese alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules

Courses

Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Japanese. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Japanese major:

  • ASIAN 100, JAPANESE 150 and 332
  • Two courses from JAPANESE 222, 240-270, 292
  • One course from JAPANESE 307-324, 340, 341, 343, 370, 381-392

Enrolling in Japanese language courses for the first time

If you have no or limited knowledge of Japanese, please enrol in JAPANESE 130 or JAPANESE 130G. The University may cancel your enrolment at any time if you are found to have prior knowledge or study in the language.

If you have studied Japanese before or know it from home, please apply for an enrolment concession for the course that is most appropriate for your level of knowledge. You might be prompted to sit a placement test.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Japanese, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.