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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Japanese Studies, B.A.

A Major in Japanese Studies leads to a B.A. degree.

Admission Requirements

All incoming students except learners of Japanese may take a UNC Charlotte Placement Exam in the language they wish to study if they have had previous experience with that language.  Foreign language majors and minors may also take a placement exam to help them determine at what level they should begin studying their chosen language.  Students should consult the department’s webpages for more specific guidelines regarding placement.  Learners of Japanese should contact a Japanese professor directly in order to schedule an interview regarding placement. 

Degree Requirements

Major Courses (35 credit hours)

Content Courses (9 credit hours)

Select 3 courses from the following.  At least 6 credit hours must be Primary Content Courses.


An oral exam is administered by a staff member and based on the proficiency standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). Reading, writing, and listening competencies, as well as Japanese grammatical knowledge, will be assessed by an internally created test based on the internationally accredited Japanese Proficiency Language Test (JLPT).

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

GPA of 2.0 is required.  Introductory language courses may not be taken on a Pass/No Credit Basis if they are being used to fulfill a college or departmental foreign language requirement.  Students with a Foreign Language major or minor may not take required courses in the department on a Pass/No Credit Basis.

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.