Japanese Minor

Department of Asian Studies


New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Professor Li-ling Hsiao, Director of Undergraduate Studies


Lori Harris, Department Manager


The Department of Asian Studies offers five major concentrations, nine minors, and instruction in Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In addition to the interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies, there are language-focused minors in Arabic, Chinese, modern Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Persian.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Four language courses beyond JAPN 203, chosen from among the following:
JAPN 204Intermediate Japanese II4
JAPN 305Advanced Japanese3
JAPN 306Advanced Japanese II3
JAPN 401Gateway to Mastering Japanese3
JAPN 408Japanese Journalism3
JAPN 409Japanese Modernism3
JAPN 410Topics in Contemporary Japanese Literature3
JAPN 411Food and Culture in Japan3
JAPN 412Making Music in Japan3
JAPN 413Fashioning Japan: Gender, Nation, and Dress3
JAPN 414Manga as a Japanese Art and Culture3
JAPN 415Sports in Japanese Culture3
JAPN 416Understanding Japanese Business Culture and Its Practice3
JAPN 417Japanese Culture through Film and Literature3
JAPN 490Topics in Japanese Language and Literature3
JAPN 521Investigating Japanese Culture through TV Dramas3
JAPN 590Advanced Topics in Japanese Language and Literature3

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See program page here for special opportunities.