Japanese, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B608

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • The major requires 36 hours beyond JAPN 1115 and JAPN 12251000-Level Japanese courses may not be counted for major credit at the University of Oklahoma.
Beginning Japanese (5 hours)
Beginning Japanese (Continued) (5 hours)
JAPN 2013Intermediate Japanese Listening and Speaking3
JAPN 2113Intermediate Japanese3
JAPN 2223Intermediate Japanese (Continued)3
JAPN 3013Advanced Japanese Listening and Speaking3
JAPN 3113Advanced Japanese I3
JAPN 3223Advanced Japanese II3
or JAPN 4543 Introduction to Classical Japanese
JAPN 4113 Japanese Language and Society I3
JAPN 42233
JAPN 4993Senior Capstone in Japanese3
MLLL 3623Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Culture3
MLLL 3633Modern Japanese Literature and Culture3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Classical Japanese
Japan Through Film and Literature
MLLL 3233
Total Credit Hours36

Major Support Requirements

History
HIST 3853Japan to 18503
HIST 3863Japan Since 18503
International Experience
Japanese majors are strongly encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities in Japan
Total Credit Hours6

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Japanese major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
JAPN 1115 Beginning Japanese 5
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
JAPN 1225 Beginning Japanese (Continued) 5
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Social Science (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
JAPN 2113 Intermediate Japanese 3
JAPN 2013 Intermediate Japanese Listening and Speaking 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Western Culture (Core IV), lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
JAPN 2223 Intermediate Japanese (Continued) 3
JAPN 3013 Advanced Japanese Listening and Speaking 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
JAPN 3113 Advanced Japanese I 3
MLLL 3623 Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Culture 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
JAPN 3223
Advanced Japanese II
or Introduction to Classical Japanese
3
MLLL 3633 Modern Japanese Literature and Culture 3
HIST 3853 Japan to 1850 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
JAPN 4113 Japanese Language and Society I 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Introduction to Classical Japanese  
JAPN 4013
 
Japan Through Film and Literature  
MLLL 3233
 
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
JAPN 4223 3
JAPN 4993 Senior Capstone in Japanese 3
HIST 3863 Japan Since 1850 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120