Asian Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Japanese BA

Learning Outcomes

The Japanese major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated advanced written and oral knowledge of the Japanese language
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of Japanese cultural history from ancient times to the present
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing, of a specialized topic in the study of Japanese language and culture
  • Ability to identify primary sources in Japanese and analyze them within their historical and cultural context
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse on a specialized topic in Japanese culture
  • Conception and execution of research projects that identify and engage with a specialized topic in Japanese culture

Preparation for the Major

Required: Japanese 6 or 10 or equivalent, and 50 or 70 or Asian 30.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Japanese major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of Japanese and one Japanese civilization or images of Japan course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven courses as follows: (1) five language courses in modern or premodern language or texts selected from Japanese 100A and 100B and 100C or 100S, 100R, 101A and 101B and 101C or 101S, 103A, 103B, 104, 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, M120, CM123, 130A, 130B, 140A, 140B, 140C, C149, 165, C180, (2) one literature course selected from C150, 151, 154, M156, 157, C159, 170, 172, 174, or 191A, (3) three elective courses on Japan selected from C112, CM122, CM123, CM127, 155, CM160, 161, 165, C171, 175, C182, 191B, 191C, or from items 1 and 2 above not used to fulfill another requirement, and (4) two additional upper-division elective courses within the department but outside Japan.