Undergraduate Degree Programs

BA Asia Studies – Japan Concentration

The Japan concentration combines language training with interdisciplinary study to give students a solid background in one or more areas of Japanese studies. Students are offered courses to an advanced level in the following: interdisciplinary studies, economics, business, political science, history, art, literature, and language. Advanced language training is available through the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, of which the University of Washington is a sponsoring member.

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Major in Japan Studies

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
JSIS A 241 or JSIS A 242 Japanese Civilization or
Introduction to Contemporary Japan
5 Varies
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:
HSTAS 201, 202, 211, JSIS A 206, 212, 221
5 Varies
JSIS A 423 History of Modern Japan 5 Autumn
Japan Electives3-400 level Choose (3-400 level) to include: min. 15 cr. from Japan Social Science,and additional 10 cr. from Social Science or Japan Humanities/Arts & Literature
Japan Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
25 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Japanese Language Japanese Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.(For first- and second-year language courses, grades must average 2.00)
Total Credits (not including language):  50
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Minor in Japan Studies

30 credits, to include the following:

  1. JSIS A/HSTAS 241 or JSIS A 242 and one additional introductory Asian civilization course from those listed above (10 credits)
  2. 10 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the Japan history/social science electives list*
  3. 5 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the Japan history/social science list or the Japan arts/literature electives list*
  4. 5 additional credits in Japanese language beyond second-year level, or in upper-division transfer courses on Japan, or in additional electives chosen from the Japan history/social science electives list*
  5. Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.

JSIS & Affiliate Japan Studies Faculty


Japan Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists