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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Humanities and Natural Sciences

JPNS A100 Modern Japanese I 3 crs.

The fundamentals of modern spoken and written Japanese will be taught. Students will learn the kana syllabary, the basic grammatical structure and vocabulary that is used in every-day conversation. The language will be taught in its cultural context with emphasis on the use of polite and informal language. Approximately 50 Japanese characters will be introduced.

JPNS A101 Modern Japanese II 3 crs.

Continuing students of Japanese will learn to use the passive and potential forms of the Japanese verb. More specialized vocabulary will be introduced to refine the students’ grasp of the proper use of polite and informal usage. Approximately 100 Japanese characters and their use in Japanese sentence construction will be explained.

Prerequisite: JPNS A100 or equivalent.

JPNS A200 Intermediate Japanese I 3 crs.

Students will complete their introduction to all Japanese grammatical forms and read modern Japanese literary texts in their cultural context. Students will learn the vocabulary needed to read mass media publications so they will be able to read from Japanese magazines and newspapers. Approximately 200 additional Japanese characters will be introduced.

Prerequisite: JPNS A101 or equivalent.

JPNS A201 Intermediate Japanese II 3 crs.

This course will introduce readings from modern Japanese novels and literary journals. Students will be expected to discuss the readings in Japanese and write short Japanese critiques or reviews of the material. Each student will construct and master a specialized vocabulary list that pertains to his or her own interests. Approximately 300 additional Japanese characters will be introduced.

Prerequisite: JPNS A200 or equivalent.

JPNS A300 Japanese Conversation and Composition I 3 crs.

This course will focus on original Japanese compositions and short oral presentations. Students will develop a wide vocabulary and learn idiomatic expressions and continue to add to their knowledge of kanji characters. Readings about contemporary Japanese customs, business, and culture will be used for class discussion and for reviewing grammar.

Prerequisite: JPNS A201 or equivalent.

JPNS A301 Japanese Conversation and Composition II 3 crs.

This course will continue to develop students’ ability to converse on a more advanced level. Students will also continue to practice making short oral presentations on an increasingly broader range of topics. They will be challenged to improve their Japanese reading and writing ability as well by the study of kanji and kanji compounds.

Prerequisite: JPNS A300 or equivalent.

JPNS A392 Japanese History I 3 crs

JPNS A393 Japanese History II 3 crs

JPNS A495 Special Project 1 cr.

Capstone course required of all seniors. Student will work independently on a research paper in conjunction with a regular advanced course and under the supervision of a professor. Capstone work should reflect the skills and knowledge the student has acquired as a foreign language major.

JPNS U250 Culture in Pre-modern Japan 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Pre-modern

This course will introduce the history, literature, religion, and philosophy that formed Japanese culture from the 10th to the 12th century. English translations of contemporary texts by writers of the imperial court will be studied from a broad historical perspective. Students will attain an appreciation of Japanese culture as it has evolved from the classical period to the present.  Cross-listed with HIST W276.

JPNS V251 Culture in Early Modern Japan 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course will introduce the history, literature, religion, and philosophy that formed Japanese culture from the 17th to the 19th century, when Japan witnessed the rise of the merchant class but government was still controlled by the samurai. English translations of historical and literary writings of the period will be used to give students a clearer insight into how Japanese cultural perspectives have evolved from early modern times to the present day.  Cross-listed with HIST X277.

JPNS V252 Modern Japanese Culture 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course will explore the modern Japanese conflict between the desire to assimilate Western culture and the need to preserve traditional values. The Japanese and Western understanding of the individual and of the individual’s place in society will also be explored. English translations of modern novels and essays will give students a clearer understanding of Japan’s people and evolving culture.  Cross-listed with HIST X278.

JPNS V253 Japanese Animation and Culture 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

By viewing and discussing the most important Japanese anime films, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to the often misunderstood culture of modern Japan. This course will analyze the references in the films to both classical and modern Japanese culture, touching on everything from Japanese art, religion, literature, and history to body language, linguistic expressions, and daily life.