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Degree Programs in Japanese

M.A. in World Languages and Literatures
TJFL (Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) Certificate

 


Major or Minor in Japanese

Faculty Advisors: Jon Holt, Emiko Konomi, Laurence Kominz, Suwako Watanabe & Patricia Wetzel

A major or a minor in Japanese is offered through the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University. The Department is located in 393 Neuberger Hall. To set up an appointment to speak with an advisor, contact any of the faculty listed above. In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the candidate for a B.A. in Japanese must meet the departmental requirements listed below. All courses must be graded C or above with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Requirements for a major in Japanese:

Upper division credits in language, literature, or culture - 40
Advisor-approved courses outside of JPN - 12
Minimum total - 52

You are encouraged to consult an advisor as soon as possible after declaring Japanese your major, and whenever you have questions regarding requirements.


Master of Arts in a World Language

The M.A. in World Languages is a graduate degree with a major in French, German, Japanese or Spanish language and literature.  This degree is available with a thesis or a nonthesis option.  The thesis option is generally recommended for students who intend eventually to obtain a doctorate.  The nonthesis option is often appropriate for those who intend to use their M.A. coursework as direct preparation for secondary school teaching or another career.  Students should consult with their adviser to determine the best option.

Admission to the Program
Applicants for admission must meet the University admissions requirements as well as the following departmental requirements:

  1. A Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent in the major language, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework.
  2. Oral and written proficiency: Advanced High on the ACTFL scale in French, German and Spanish; Advanced Low in Japanese.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Arts in a foreign language must complete a minimum of 45 graduate credits, of which 30 must be taken in residence after admission to the degree program. You choose either a thesis or nonthesis option. The 45 credits are to be distributed as follows:

Thesis Option

560, Principles of Scholarly Research - 4
551, 552, 553 (Poetry, Drama, Prose any two) - 8
FL 593 (Testing) or FL 598 (Methods) - 4
503 Thesis - 6-9
Additional adviser approved coursework - 20-23

TOTAL - 45

OR

NonThesis Option

560, Principles of Scholarly Research - 4
551, 552, 553 (Poetry, Drama, Prose any two) - 8
FL 593 (Testing) or FL 598 (Methods) - 4
501 Research, other adviser approved credits - 6-9
Additional adviser approved coursework - 20-23

TOTAL - 45

Note: The student's program may include, with adviser's approval a maximum of 12 credits in 501 and/or 505 and a maximum of 9 credits in 508 and/or 509 combined.

In addition to the required coursework, the candidate will have to:

  • Demonstrate reading competence in a second foreign language.
  • Thesis option: Submit a thesis, written in either the foreign language or in English, and pass a final examination in accordance with University requirements.
  • Nonthesis option: Submit two research papers in different adviser approved subject areas, written either in the foreign language or in English, and pass a final written and oral examination.

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