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Japanese Language and Literature:

31 Junior/Senior credit hours – 9 hours must be taken at KU.
  • NOTE: Requirements updated September 2013​
  • Please consult your EALC advisor for current enrollment requirements.


  • JPN306-310 (4 credits)
  • JPN504-508 (6 credits)
  • JPN562 (3 credits)
  • JPN564 OR JPN569 OR JPN Linguistics OR JPN Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • ECIV304 OR 305 (3 credits)
  • Premodern Japanese Literature in translation ** (3 credits)
  • Modern Japanese Literature in translation ** (3 credits)
    • Note: Both Premodern and Modern Japanese Literature must be taught by an EALC faculty member or be an approved study abroad course.
  • Premodern Japan (or East Asia) (3 credits)
  • Modern Japan (or East Asia) (3 credits)

** Honors 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with **



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