Minor in Japanese

A Minor in Japanese from KSU focuses specifically on the Japanese language and culture. This minor program provides you with a solid foundation in a language designated as critical and can help prepare you for further graduate study in Japan-related fields, for work in contexts where the language and culture are pertinent, or to live and work in Japan.

A Minor in Japanese aims to offer learner-centered courses consistent with the Department of World Languages and Cultures’ dual emphasis on linguistic skill building and teaching content throughout the curriculum. You will need to complete 15 credit hours of Japanese, of which a minimum of six (6) must be taken in residence at KSU. Advanced speakers of Japanese should consult with the Japanese Program advisor about testing options using the Advanced Standing examinations available in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

A native or near-native speaker of Japanese may: 

  1. take an Advanced Standing Exam for credit in lieu of JPN 2002, or 
  2. take 2 Elective Courses in lieu of JPN 2002 (the student would still have to take an additional Elective course to fulfill the Elective requirement).


KSU japanese language students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours
Students will select four (4) courses from the following:

  • JAPN 2001: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN 2002: Intermediate Japanese II
  • JAPN 3200: Critical Reading and Applied Writing
  • JAPN 3302: Practical Conversation
  • JAPN 3303: Grammar and Composition
  • JAPN 3304: Readings in Culture I

Elective Courses: 3 Credit Hours
Students will select one course from the following:

  • ASIA 4400: Directed Study
  • ASIA 4490: Special Topics for Asian Studies
  • FL 4400: Directed Study
  • ISD 3398: Interdisciplinary Studies Internship
  • SA 4490: Upper-division Study Abroad

Total Number of Credit Hours: 15



Department of Foreign Languages

Kennesaw State University
Department of World Languages & Cultures
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Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144

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