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.
Chinese and Japanese Minor Requirements
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. Candidates for the Minor are approved in consultation with the language program directors. Students who receive above 3.0 in all language classes and complete at least one year of advanced level are eligible to receive a certification of ability in Chinese or Japanese based on their level of achievement in the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
East Asian Languages and Cultures Minor Requirements
The EALC minor requires six courses taken in the EALC department, including language courses. The mix must include EALC 200 and one 300- level course. (BiCo co-chairs serve as advisors.)
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
This modern Japanese language course immerses students in an array of common Japanese media forms that subtly reinforce powerful, widely held, and often unquestioned historical, cultural, and political preconceptions underlying popular ideas about Japanese identity.
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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