Japanese Major

Requirement: 10 Courses

Of the 10 courses, 8 must be at the 200 level or above. These courses should be distributed as follows:

Japanese Language Courses: 3 to 6 Courses

  • All must be above the elementary level
  • 2 of these must be a the 300 level or above

Japanese Literature/Culture Courses: 3 to 7 Courses

  • Distribution of courses: at least one course must be at the 100 level, at least one course at the 200-300 level, and at least one course at the 400 level and above.
  • 3 of these must be taken in AMES 

Literature/Culture Courses outside of Japanese Concentration: may take 1 to 2 Courses

  • Distribution of courses: at least one at the 100 level, at least one at the 200-300 level, and at least one at the 400 level and above.
  • Must be taken in AMES 

Senior portfolio

On their final semester, AMES majors should turn in a "senior portfolio." The dossier is a capstone that recognizes your work and expertise in the language and culture you chose to work on. It will aid your search for a job and/or application for graduate programs. Most of the documents requested for the dossier are materials you have generated already in your regular coursework. The portfolio includes:

  • Short Reflective Essay:

To introduce the materials in the portfolio, write a brief, 3-pages (or more) essay reflecting on your experience at AMES: What was your experience in AMES? What have you learned? What surprised you? Did you travel to Asia and the Middle East as part of your studies? How has your time abroad shaped your understanding of the language and culture you have studied? How has your view of the world and of yourself changed?

  • Coursework and related curricular and extracurricular pursuits:

List courses you have taken as part of your studies of the language and culture of your choice; also indicate other, related pursuits such as a semester abroad, Duke Engage, internship, sustained involvement in non-profit work, and more. Include prizes you have received in the course of your studies.

  • Papers

Honors thesis (if produced)

Research papers you have written for an AMES class or an independent study with AMES faculty (revised if you like)

You may include papers you have written in an AMES language for any of your classes.

  • Creative work

Have you produced creative work for your AMES classes: poem or short fiction, essays, dramatic piece, music clip, film, painting, sculpture, game or any other object? Please include it (a photo in the case of a physical object) with a brief description

  • Translations

Have you been engaged in substantive translation projects, including interpretation/dubbing for one of your AMES courses or in other courses using your AMES languages? Please include these:

  • Publications

Any academic, artistic, journalistic or other publications


Example Course Plan for Students Taking Intermediate-level Japanese:

Language Courses
JPN 203—Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 204—Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 305—Advanced Japanese I
JPN 306—Advanced Japanese II

Literature and Culture Courses
AMES 410S—Trauma and Space in Asia
AMES 365S—World of Japanese Pop Culture
ENGLISH 275S—Asian American Literature
HISTORY 226—Ancient and Early Modern Japan
RELIGION 323S—Buddhist Meditation

Literature and Culture Courses Outside of Concentration
AMES 410S—Trauma and Space in Asia
or any other AMES course on areas and cultures beyond Japan