Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Upper-division courses in Japanese are generally conducted in Japanese (the target language) and students are expected to use Japanese in their speaking, reading and writing.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? No, we do not have a major planning sheet.
When should I first meet with my major department? Those planning to major in Japanese may contact their major advisor prior to the first semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

The Japanese-major advisor's e-mail address is available at the Department of Modern Languages.

Where can I find information about major advising?

The information for the Japanese Major is available at the Department of Modern Languages.

Helpful resources:

Department of Modern Languages Home Page

Department of Modern Languages: List of Advisors

Japanese Program

B.A. in Japanese

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None. But you may want to contact the Department of Modern Languages or the Japanese-major advisor.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Contact the Department of Modern Languages or the Japanese-major advisor.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Contact the Department of Modern Languages or the Japanese-major advisor.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
It depends on the level of Japanese-language proficiency. The majority of transfer students start from either of the following:
(1) Taking JAPN 103 (Third-semester Japanese) and JAPN 250 (Kanji Level 1)
(2) Taking JAPN 301 and JAPN 302 (after consultation with the Japanese-major advisor)
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

The prerequisite to start the upper-division courses include JAPN 103 (Third-semester Japanese) and JAPN 250 (Kanji Level 1).

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Contact the Japanese-major advisor.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? N/A

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

A freshman without prior knowledge of Japanese would start in JAPN 101.

Those who have taken Japanese in high school should consult with a Japanese major advisor for proper placement.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

Students with an AP score of 3 are allowed to start from JAPN 301 and 302. Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 may be allowed to start from JAPN 305/306 but contact the Japanese-major advisor beforehand.



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