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Asian Studies Program

Minor in Japanese Language and Culture

Minor in Japanese Language and Culture

The minor in Japanese language and culture requires a minimum of 19 hours of course work, anchored by a firm foundation in language study that is complemented by electives in art, history, literature, film, politics, and religion. Japanese 201 and 202 do not count toward the minor. Students pursuing two or more minors in Asian studies must present at least 15 credit hours in each minor not being counted toward any other minor or major.


1. Required courses (13 hours):

JAPANESE 211, 212, and 241 (or above; one advanced language course (241 or above) must be taken at Vanderbilt)


2. Elective courses (minimum 6 hours):

ASIAN STUDIES 211, 212, 213W, 240

HISTORY 108, 109, 205, 206

HISTORY OF ART 120, 122, 251, 253


Other Japan-related courses not listed here—such as those in study abroad programs, First-Year Writing Seminars, Selected Topics, Senior Seminars, and Independent Studies—may be applied toward the minor upon approval by the director of the Asian Studies program.

To Declare a Minor : fill out the "Declaration of Minor" form (link on right) and have it signed by your minor adviser (usually the Asian Studies Program director).

If you are declaring a single minor, fill out two forms, have your minor adviser sign both, file one with the department and the other with the Arts and Science Registrar’s Office, 311 Kirkland Hall.

If you are declaring a double minor, fill out three forms, have both minor advisers sign all three, file one with each department and the third with the Arts and Science Registrar’s Office.