This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in Asian languages and literature is offered with two emphases: Chinese or Japanese. The minor requires 15-17 s.h. of credit, depending on the emphasis. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students may earn the Asian languages and literature major and minor if the minor emphasis language (Chinese or Japanese) differs from the major language track.

The minor requirements for each emphasis are listed below.

Chinese Emphasis

The minor in Asian languages and literature with Chinese emphasis requires 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses considered advanced for the minor taken at the University of Iowa. The minor must include the following coursework. Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for that course.

Both of these sequences:
CHIN:3101-CHIN:3102Third-Year Chinese: First Semester - Third Year Chinese: Second Semester6
CHIN:4103-CHIN:4104Fourth-Year Chinese: First Semester - Fourth-Year Chinese: Second Semester6
One of these:3
Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
Chinese Literature: Poetry
Modern Chinese Writers
Transnational Chinese Cinemas
Total Hours15

Japanese Emphasis

The minor in Asian languages and literature with Japanese emphasis requires 17 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses considered advanced for the minor taken at the University of Iowa. Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) credit may not be counted toward the Japanese emphasis.

The following courses are prerequisite to the Japanese emphasis; they do not count toward the minor.

JPNS:1001First-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:1002First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5
JPNS:2001Second-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:2002Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester5

The minor with Japanese emphasis must include the following courses.

JPNS:3001Third-Year Japanese I4
JPNS:3002Third-Year Japanese II4
One course in literature and translation3
One course in linguistics and advanced language studies3
One course in literature and translation, or in linguistics and advanced language studies, or in cultural studies3
Total Hours17

Students select courses in literature and translation, linguistics and advanced language studies, and cultural studies from the lists below.

Literature and Translation

JPNS:3201/TRNS:3201Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation3
JPNS:3202Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation3
JPNS:3203Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPNS:3204Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation3
JPNS:3205Major Authors in Modern Japanese Literature3
JPNS:3206Warriors' Dreams3
JPNS:3207Japan Illuminated: Japanese Literature and Visual Culture3
JPNS:3208Japanese Film3
JPNS:3210Japanese Theater3
JPNS:3601Contemporary Japanese Culture3
JPNS:4201The Tale of Genji3

Linguistics and Advanced Language Studies

JPNS:3107Classical Japanese: First Semester3
JPNS:3128Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3
JPNS:3401Language in Japanese Society3
JPNS:3402Japan: Culture and Communication3
JPNS:3501Japanese for Professional Purposes II3

Cultural Studies

Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures

JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
JPNS:3500Japanese for Professional Purposes I3

Anthropology

JPNS:2175/ANTH:2175Japanese Society and Culture3

Art History

JPNS:2250/ARTH:2250Introduction to the Art of Japan3

History

JPNS:4610/HIST:4610Japan - Age of the Samurai3
JPNS:4615/HIST:4615Modern Japan3
JPNS:4620/HIST:4620Japan-U.S. Relations3

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

JPNS:3700/ASIA:3700/TRNS:3700/WLLC:3700Topics in Global Cinema3

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Asian Languages and Literature, Minor

Chinese Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The minor in Asian languages with Chinese emphasis requires 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses considered advanced for the minor taken at the University of Iowa.
Some of the courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for that course.
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CHIN:1111 First-Year Chinese: First Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
CHIN:1112 First-Year Chinese: Second Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Second Year
Fall
CHIN:2101 Second-Year Chinese: First Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
CHIN:2102 Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Third Year
Fall
CHIN:3101 Third-Year Chinese: First Semester 3
 Hours3
Spring
CHIN:3102 Third Year Chinese: Second Semester 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
CHIN:4103 Fourth-Year Chinese: First Semester 3
 Hours3
Spring
CHIN:4104 Fourth-Year Chinese: Second Semester 3
Minor: Chinese elective course c 3
 Hours6
 Total Hours35
a
This course is a prerequisite for the required minor courses.
b
Language level placement will be determined by placement exam score and/or oral interview. Students who place into the 5th semester level of the language will begin coursework at that level and will not be required to take semesters 1-4 of the language.
c
Choose one from the following courses: CHIN:3302, CHIN:3341, CHIN:4203, CHIN:4206.

Japanese Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The minor in Asian languages with Japanese emphasis requires 17 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses considered advanced for the minor taken at the University of Iowa.
Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) credit may not be counted toward the Japanese emphasis.
Some of the courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for that course.
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
JPNS:1001 First-Year Japanese: First Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
JPNS:1002 First-Year Japanese: Second Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Second Year
Fall
JPNS:2001 Second-Year Japanese: First Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
JPNS:2002 Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester a, b 5
 Hours5
Third Year
Fall
JPNS:3001 Third-Year Japanese I 4
 Hours4
Spring
JPNS:3002 Third-Year Japanese II 4
 Hours4
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor: Japanese course in literature and translation c 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: Japanese course in linguistics and advanced language studies d 3
Minor: Japanese course in literature and translation, linguistics and advanced language studies, or cultural studies c, d, e 3
 Hours6
 Total Hours37
a
Language level placement will be determined by placement exam score and/or oral interview. Students who place into the 5th semester level of the language will begin coursework at that level and will not be required to take semesters 1-4 of the language.
b
This course is a prerequisite for the required minor courses.
c
Courses in Literature and Translation: JPNS:3201, JPNS:3202, JPNS:3203, JPNS:3204, JPNS:3205, JPNS:3206, JPNS:3207, JPNS:3208, JPNS:3210, JPNS:3601, JPNS:4201.
d
Courses in Linguistics and Advanced Language Studies: JPNS:3107, JPNS:3128, JPNS:3401, JPNS:3402, JPNS:3501.
e
Courses in Cultural Studies: JPNS:1506, JPNS:2175, JPNS:2250, JPNS:3500, JPNS:3700, JPNS:4610, JPNS:4615, JPNS:4620.