Japanese Language Minor
The Haverford-Bryn Mawr minor in Japanese offers undergraduates a demanding program that embraces the full range of communication skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—in modern Japanese. Our program addresses the needs of undergraduates just beginning to learn the language as well as those who arrive at Haverford with several years of language experience. Our classes are known for their rigor in a nurturing learning environment that is tailored to the needs of each student.
Curriculum & Courses
Japanese minors are required to take six semesters of Japanese language courses and be proficient in third-year Japanese at graduation. In addition to First-, Second- and Third-Year Japanese, we offer Advanced Japanese, a series of semester-long courses covering contemporary topics such as literature, media, education, international relations, and social issues. Some of the materials from Japanese studies courses taught in English are also incorporated in Advanced Japanese. Students who enter the minor with Second-Year or higher language experience can hone their skills—and meet their course requirement—with multiple courses in the Advanced Japanese series.
The EALC Department certifies three minors: Chinese language, Japanese language, and Global Asia.
- The Chinese language and Japanese language minors both require six language courses. Students must take at least four language courses in our Bi-Co programs, and can take at most two at the Quaker Consortium or our approved off-campus domestic or Study Abroad programs. (Please consult the language program directors for details.) Students must maintain a 3.0 or above for each of the six language courses for the minor.
- The EALC Department hosts an interdisciplinary Global Asia minor for students who are majoring in other fields but are interested in consolidating their study of Asia or its diasporas from a variety of perspectives. The minor requires six courses centrally concerned with Asia, at least one of which is at the 300 level. They may be drawn from any department in the Quaker Consortium. Those interested in minoring in Asian Studies should consult with the convener (currently Professor Smith at Haverford) no later than the fall of their senior year.
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
Codrington-White hopes to teach in Japan and also write fantasy novels to encourage young Americans to continue reading for pleasure.
Carr intends to join a Ph.D. program for Astronomy or Astrophysics, but hopes to continue utilizing the language skills earned via the Japanese language minor.
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