Courses and Requirements
The East Asian Languages and Literatures Department offers courses in the Chinese and Japanese languages, literatures and cultures, a Chinese concentration, a Chinese minor, a Japanese minor, and a study abroad program, Associated Colleges in China (ACC). Courses offered focus on language acquisition and introduction to the cultures and civilizations of both countries. As much as possible, the first-year courses are taught in the target languages, while the upper-level courses are conducted entirely in Chinese or Japanese.
The goal of Hamilton's Japanese Program is to emphasize language proficiency while introducing students to Japanese literature, film, culture and society.
A minor in Japanese requires five courses. Those courses include at least three language courses beyond Japanese 120 (i.e., 130, 140 and 200) and one non-language course offered by the program. The fifth course may be either a language (220 and above) or a non-language course. Consult the faculty in Japanese.
Students of Japanese have the opportunity to study abroad through such programs as Kyoto Center for Japanese Language (Kyoto), CIEE-Sophia University (Tokyo) and Nanzan University (Nagoya). To obtain departmental honors, students in Japanese must have an average of A- in all coursework in Japanese and must be a Japanese minor. Study of the Japanese languages (Japanese 140) in the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department also satisfies the two-year language requirement of the Asian Studies Program. Students are encouraged to strengthen their understanding of cross-cultural issues by integrating their language and culture studies with courses offered in Asian studies. Students interested in beginning or continuing their Japanese language studies should make an immediate start with the 100- or 200-level courses or consult with the program coordinator. All 100-, 200- and 300-level courses taught in English are open to juniors and seniors without prerequisites.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)