About the Program
Note: The Asian Studies Major and all of the associated minors have been retired and folded into Global Studies. We are no longer accepting Asian Studies declarations. Please visit the Global Studies website or the Global Studies page on the Berkeley Academic Guide for more information.
The Group in Asian Studies offers a minor in Japanese Studies. This minor program gives students an introduction to the study of one region of Asia through social science and humanities courses. Students who wish to pursue a major program in Japanese Studies should refer to the major program in Asian Studies: Japan, in this Guide.
Declaring the Minor
Students must see the undergraduate major adviser in 101 Stephens Hall to fill out an Intent to Declare Minor form. It is recommended that students do this either before or, at most, shortly after they decide to pursue a minor.
Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Group in Asian Studies
Asian Studies: Multi-Area (Area 1): Includes all countries and regions of Asia (Major only)
Asian Studies: China (Area 2) (Major only)
Asian Studies: Japan (Area 3) (Major only)
Chinese Studies (Minor only)
Korean Studies (Minor only)
Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.
- All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
- A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
- Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
- No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
- All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
- All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)
|Select FIVE upper division courses focusing on Japan:|
50% or more of each course's content must deal with Japan, in order to fulfill the minor requirements.
Only 2 language and literature courses (e.g., the Japanese 100 series) may count toward the five courses.
2 of the 5 courses can be taken as part of an approved study abroad plan. Courses must be selected in advance by consulting with the minor adviser.
There are no language requirements for this minor.
Use this list to choose five upper division courses on Japan. Note that this is not an exhaustive list: if you think a course could count, discuss with major adviser.
|ANTHRO C125B||Archaeology and Japanese Identities||4|
|ASIANST 150||Special Topics||4|
|BUDDSTD C115||Japanese Buddhism||4|
|BUDDSTD C130||Zen Buddhism||4|
|BUDDSTD C132||Pure Land Buddhism||4|
|BUDDSTD C141||Introductory Readings in Japanese Buddhist Texts||4|
|FILM 108||Special Topics in Film Genre||4|
|HISTART 134A||Topics in Buddhist Art and Architecture: Buddhist Temple Art & Architecture in Japan||4|
|HISTART 134B||Topics in Buddhist Art and Architecture: Buddhist Icons in Japan||4|
|HISTORY 118A||Japan: Japan, Archaeological Period to 1800||4|
|HISTORY 118B||Japan: Japan 1800-1900||4|
|HISTORY 118C||Japan: Empire and Alienation: The 20th Century in Japan||4|
|HISTORY 119A||Topics in Japanese History: Postwar Japan||4|
|HISTORY N119A||Course Not Available||4|
|JAPAN 100||Intensive Advanced Japanese||10|
|JAPAN 100A||Advanced Japanese||5|
|JAPAN 100B||Advanced Japanese||5|
|JAPAN 100X||Advanced Japanese for Heritage Learners||5|
|JAPAN 101||Fourth-Year Readings: Social Sciences||4|
|JAPAN 102||Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Culture||4|
|JAPAN 103||Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Literature||4|
|JAPAN 104||Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese History||4|
|JAPAN 111||Fifth-Year Readings: Reading and Analysis of Advanced Japanese Texts||4|
|JAPAN 112||Fifth-Year Readings: Japanese for Research and Professional Use||4|
|JAPAN C115||Japanese Buddhism||4|
|JAPAN 116||Introduction to the Religions of Japan||4|
|JAPAN 120||Introduction to Classical Japanese||4|
|JAPAN 130||Classical Japanese Poetry||4|
|JAPAN 132||Premodern Japanese Diary (Nikki) Literature||4|
|JAPAN 140||Heian Prose||4|
|JAPAN C141||Introductory Readings in Japanese Buddhist Texts||4|
|JAPAN 144||Edo Literature||4|
|JAPAN 146||Japanese Historical Documents||4|
|JAPAN 155||Modern Japanese Literature||4|
|JAPAN 159||Contemporary Japanese Literature||4|
|JAPAN 160||Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Grammar||4|
|JAPAN 161||Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage||4|
|JAPAN 163||Translation: Theory and Practice||4|
|JAPAN 170||Classical Japanese Literature in Translation||4|
|JAPAN 173||Modern Japanese Literature in Translation||4|
|JAPAN C176||Archaeology and Japanese Identities||4|
|JAPAN 177||Urami: Rancor and Revenge in Japanese Literature||4|
|JAPAN 180||Ghosts and the Modern Literary Imagination||4|
|JAPAN 181||Reframing Disasters: Fukushima, Before and After||4|
|JAPAN 185||Introduction to Japanese Cinema||4|
|JAPAN 188||Japanese Visual Culture: Introduction to Anime||4|
|JAPAN 189||Topics in Japanese Film||4|
|MUSIC 134B||Course Not Available||4|
|POL SCI 143B||Japanese Politics||4|
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