• Learn about Japanese culture and arts, including how to create origami
  • Students practice kanji calligraphy to help master artistic writing forms
  • Studying abroad expands your view of the world
  • Participate in international events on campus, exchange programs in Japan

Japanese

As one of the world’s top economies and exporters of cultural capital, Japan is an integral piece of our increasingly globalized world. Japan is widely recognized as one of the world’s chief producers of automobiles, robotics, medical innovation, and a host of other products; it is also known for its unique cultural contributions, including animation, music, philosophy, literature, martial arts, and sport. Learning the Japanese language is the key to accessing Japan’s rich cultural legacy. MTSU's energetic faculty is dedicated to helping students learn Japanese, which in turn will allow them to fully participate in that legacy as well as to become engaged and responsible global citizens.

Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

Japanese business connections strong in state, nation

MTSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee that offers a degree in Japanese language, which is the gateway to engaging with one of the world’s premier economies and dedicated trade partner of the United States. In Tennessee, Japanese companies such as Nissan and Bridgestone account for 62% of direct foreign investment, while globally Japan is the world’s third largest economy, with strong trade connections to the United States. In fact, 62 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Japan, many of which invest directly in American business. Students graduating with a degree in Japanese will find many opportunities for employment in Tennessee and beyond. For more information on Japan-Tennessee business relations, please click the following link http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp to be redirected to the website for the Japanese Consulate in Nashville.

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

MTSU students excel in Japan through exchange program

Andrew Witt and Mitchell Plumer joined MTSU’s Japanese program at the same time, unaware that they would become fast friends on the same academic track. “Within a year, we were knee-deep in the program. Competing in the Tennessee area speech contest, meeting exchange students at the language table, and preparing for study abroad became our passions,” Plumer says. In their junior year, Witt and Plumer participated in MTSU’s exchange program with sister schools in Fukuoka and Osaka. “It was life-changing to say the least. We were actually put in upper-intermediate Japanese courses when we got there, thanks to our classes back at MTSU,” Witt says. Both students graduated with honors in December 2014. The two became interested in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program after a career session at the language table, and Plumer earned his first job abroad through JET.

A wide array of employment options await students with a major or minor in Japanese. Employers of MTSU students include Nissan, the Japanese and Exchange Teaching (JET) program, the Japanese consulate, and public schools, to name a few. Career opportunities for Japanese language majors are available in various sectors such as

  • Engineering (automotive, electric)
  • Government (State Department, FBI/CIA, United Nations)
  • Higher education (higher education, JET program)
  • Information technology (computer information systems, video games)
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Translation

Employers of MTSU alumni

This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.

MTSU now offers the option of either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Foreign Language with a major in Foreign Languages and a concentration in Japanese.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

The major in Foreign Languages also has concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.

Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for graduate students in French, German, and Spanish.

Japanese B.A. Japanese B.S.


Foreign Languages, Japanese Concentration, B.A.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
615-898-5357
Priya Ananth, program coordinator
Priya.Ananth@mtsu.edu

A major in Foreign Languages with a Japanese concentration consists of 36 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Map

Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:

Foreign Languages, Japanese, B.A., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, Japanese (Study Abroad), B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • HUM 2610

Major Requirements (36 hours)

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-level 6 credit hours
  • JAPN 4000-level 12 credit hours

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (25-28 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, Japanese

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I  3 credit hours  AND 

    JAPN 1010 - Elementary Japanese I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II  3 credit hours  OR 

    JAPN 1020 - Elementary Japanese II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 1010 or equivalent. A continuation of materials introduced in JAPN 1010.

  • JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese  6 credit hours  (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree) 

    JAPN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Japanese

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. JAPN 1040 counts as combined credit for JAPN 1010 and JAPN 1020.

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 hours

Junior

  • JAPN 3010 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3020 - Advanced Japanese

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3010 or equivalent. A continuation of modern Japanese. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced understanding of the language.

  • JAPN 3000-4000 level electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 hours

Senior

  • JAPN 3030 - Advanced Japanese III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor. A continuation of JAPN 3020. Emphasis on linguistic and communicative skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Includes further study of Japanese culture for enhanced learning of the language.

  • JAPN 4000-level elective 3 credit hours
  • JAPN 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Electives 7 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 hours