International and Area Studies

Asian Studies: Japan Studies

Asian Studies: Japan Studies
Hours55 - 58 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Courses cannot be double counted between the different requirement sections in the major.
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
Complete one of the following political science core courses (cannot be double counted as an elective):
requirement 4 Complete 2 courses
History Core Courses:
requirement 5 Complete 1 course
requirement 6 Complete 2 options
Complete the requirements for the Language Certificate in Japanese and take the OPI and WPT assessments. These assessments must be done on the BYU campus, and must be completed before graduation. See for complete details:
requirement 7 Complete 1 option
option 7.1 Complete 6 courses
No more than 2 courses may be selected from any one department.
JAPAN 445 - (Not currently offered)
Note: If approved beforehand, up to 9 hours of 330R or 399R credit may be counted for overseas work done under one of the following: Study Abroad, internships, mentored research, or independent field studies.
Program Outcomes: 

Factual Knowledge

Students demonstrate general factual knowledge of the literature, humanities, history, politics, economics, geography, and social conditions of East Asia. The courses that are the foundation for this knowledge are the core courses in the major: Asian 200, Intro to Asin Studies: Methods and Materials; Asin 342, Asian Literary Traditions; History 231, Introduction to East Asian History; either IHum 241, Humanities of Asia or IHum 243, Introduction to the Humanities of South Asia; and either Poli 348, Government and Politics of Asia or Poli 385, International Relations of Asia.

Language Proficiency

A graduate can communicate in Japanese at the "intermediate" level according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines-i.e. "handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations . . . limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival." Comprehend "simple, sentence-length speech . . . in a variety of basic personal and social contexts." Read "short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with basic personal and social topics."

Effective Writing

Demonstrate effective writing skills by completing a research paper on a major East Asian topic as required in Asian 495, the Senior Seminar.

Research Philosophies and Methodologies

Understanding basic research philosophies and methodologies associated with research in the social science and humanities as required in Asian 495, the Senior Seminar.