University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages



Japanese Major


Committee in Charge

  • Yenna Wu, Ph.D., Chair, Chinese/Civilizations/Comparative Literature
  • Kelly Jeong, Ph.D. Korean Literature and Culture
  • John N. Kim, Ph.D., German/Japanese/Comparative Literature
  • Mariam Beevi Lam, Ph.D. Vietnamese/Comparative Literature
  • Perry Link, Ph.D. Chinese Literature, Language and Culture
  • Hendrik M.J. Maier, Ph.D. Southeast Asian Literature/Comparative Literature
  • Lisa Raphals, Ph.D. Chinese/Comparative Literature
  • Yang Ye, Ph.D. Chinese/Civilizations/Comparative Literature

The Japanese major develops students' skills in analysis, writing, and foreign languages by teaching the language and literature of a country with more than 1400 years' rich cultural tradition. The broad historical sweep of the courses examines narrative traditions as diverse as court poetry, folktales, sutras, kabuki plays, novels, films, manga, and animation.

Major Requirements

  1. Lower-division requirements (8 units plus language proficiency)

    1. Proficiency in Japanese through the intermediate level (JPN 006 or its equivalent)

    2. Eight (8) units from lower-division lecture courses on Japanese literature and culture: AST 022/JPN 022, AST 032/JPN 032, AST 034/JPN 034, JPN 035. Four (4) units can be from other lower-division lecture courses on Asian literature and culture from the department as well as Japan-related lower-division courses from other departments (with adviser's consent).

  2. Upper-division requirements (36 units)
    1. Twelve (12) upper-division units in Japanese language from JPN 101A, JPN 101B, JPN 101C, JPN 110
    2. Twelve (12) units in upper-division Japanese literature and culture from JPN 110, CPLT 142J/WMST 142J, JPN 150, AST 151/JPN 151, AST 152 (E-Z)/JPN 152 (E-Z), AST 153 (E-Z)/JPN 153 (E-Z), AST 154 (E-Z)/JPN 154 (E-Z), AST 184/JPN 184, AST 190, JPN 190.
    3. Twelve (12) units in Asian literatures and cultures: can be chosen from all the upper-division lecture courses on Asian literature and culture from the department as well as Japan-related upper-division courses from other departments (with adviser's consent), including the courses listed under (b).

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