Japanese

The International Languages Department offers courses that provide the foundation for Japanese language study. They also satisfy either the humanities requirement for general education or the proficiency requirement in an international language when required for transfer. A bachelor's degree in an international language such as Japanese can lead to a career in advertising, broadcasting, consulting, translating, teaching, international service, public relations, social work, and sales.

Note: Students educated in a non-English speaking country through high school or equivalent will generally not earn lower-division transfer credit in their language at most universities. Students who might be affected by this rule should consult a counselor and/or the International Languages Department Chair before enrolling in the courses described below.

Contact Information

Department Chair: David Detwiler

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/JAPN

Department: International Languages

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6816

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Courses

JAPN 101: Elementary Japanese (First Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in JAPN 102, JAPN 201, or JAPN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1108.00)

This course introduces contemporary Japanese and the Japanese writing system (hiragana, katakana, and selected kanji characters). It examines the language's structure and emphasizes the development of language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn about Japanese history, geography, and customs as well as about the relationship between language and culture. This course corresponds to the first two years of high school Japanese.

JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese (Second Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or two years of high school Japanese with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in JAPN 201 or JAPN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1108.00)

This course continues to develop Japanese language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It introduces more advanced kanji characters and reviews (recycles) first semester Japanese vocabulary and grammar. The course also continues to develop the student's ability to read, interpret, and discuss Japanese-language narratives about newly introduced cultural aspects of the Japanese-speaking world. This course corresponds to the third year of high school Japanese.

JAPN 201: Intermediate Japanese (Third Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in JAPN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1108.00)

This third course in the Japanese language sequence continues to develop Japanese language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate-mid level. It introduces more advanced kanji characters and reviews (recycles) first-year Japanese vocabulary and grammar. The course also continues to develop the student's ability to read, interpret, and discuss Japanese-language narratives about newly introduced cultural aspects of the Japanese-speaking world. This course corresponds to the fourth year of high school Japanese.

JAPN 202: Intermediate Japanese (Fourth Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: JAPN 201 or four years of high school Japanese with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1108.00)

This fourth semester course in the Japanese language sequence continues to develop Japanese language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate-high level. Students practice writing in Japanese with kanji characters, review grammar and syntax, and expand their vocabulary and knowledge of idiomatic constructions. The course also continues to develop the student's ability to read, interpret, and discuss Japanese-language narratives about Japanese history, geography, and culture.

JAPN 210: Intermediate Conversation I and Reading

Units: 3
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or three years of high school Japanese with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1108.00)

This course is designed to improve and expand the student's oral proficiency in Japanese including some grammar review. The course also emphasizes a review of pronunciation. Conversation in Japanese is practiced on a variety of topics and formats, including oral reports and presentations. Japanese people and culture will be discussed.

JAPN 211: Intermediate Conversation II and Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: JAPN 201 or JAPN 210 or four years of high school Japanese with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1108.00)

Continuation of JAPN 210. This course emphasizes continued development of oral proficiency. Conversational and discussion topics are based on daily life and are selected from a variety of contemporary media -- print, electronic, films, and videos. The course also provides a review of difficult points of grammar and some advanced grammar topics as well. Students are required to write original compositions in Japanese.

JAPN 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

JAPN 296: Topics in Japanese

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1108.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Japanese that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

JAPN 298: Directed Study in Japanese

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1108.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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