Japanese Minor

A minor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies with a Japanese concentration is available via two options: the language track and the literature track

NOTE: Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute for literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test.  

Option 1: Language Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 3 to 4 language courses above the elementary level
  • 2 of the language courses must be at the 300 level
  • 1 to 2 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

Option 2: Literature Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 2 language courses above the elementary level
  • 1 to 2 Japanese literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*
  • 1 to 2 non-Japanese AMES literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

* NOTE: only courses taken in one of Duke campuses could be counted towards the literature/culture requirement

Example Course Plan for Students Taking Intermediate-level Japanese

The language track
JPN 203—Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 204—Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 305—Advanced Japanese I
JPN 306—Advanced Japanese II
AMES 365—World of Japanese Pop Culture
or any other AMES course on Japanese literature/culture

The literature track
JPN 203—Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 204—Intermediate Japanese II
AMES 365—World of Japanese Pop Culture
or any other two AMES courses on Japanese literature/culture
and
AMES 410—Trauma and Space in Asia
or any other AMES course on areas and cultures beyond Japan