Liberal Arts: Japanese Studies, AA

Room: B-Building, B-234

Phone: (718) 482-5640


The Japanese Option offers an opportunity to learn the Japanese language and other related subjects in Japan Studies. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate (4-year) programs in East Asian Studies and/or Japan Studies.

Are You Interested In...

  • Communicating with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds?
  • Learning unique social and cultural practices that are different from your own?
  • Traveling overseas or living abroad?
  • Are willing to make mistakes (both linguistically or behaviorally in the new language/culture) and enjoy learning from your mistakes?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Intermediate-level proficiency in Japanese (familiar topics related to daily life)
  • Understanding Japanese and East Asian customs and social norms and how they are different from those in the U.S.
  • Familiarity with the culture and history of Japan
  • Understanding bilingualism and its career/cognitive benefits

What makes this major unique?

This option distinguishes itself from other options/majors by focusing on Japanese language and culture.

Career Possibilities

The majority of careers for this major require at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

As a liberal arts major, the Japanese Option provides students with a broad education that provides in-demand skills, including critical thinking, communication in multiple modes, and global literacy. Any liberal arts student is well-positioned for transfer to 4-year colleges and eventually graduate or professional schools to pursue a variety of careers.

Career trajectories for bi- or multilingual speakers vary depending on proficiency level. See this chart produced by ACTFL for detailed information on career paths.

Transfer Possibilities

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I* 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits 18

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues (ELJ101 and ELJ102)
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete the college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG 103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Education and Language Acquisition
ELJ103 Intermediate Japanese I 3
ELJ104 Intermediate Japanese II 3
ELJ250 Japanese Literature in Translation 3
Select one of the following courses:
ELC101 Elementary Modern Chinese I
ELC102 Elementary Modern Chinese II
ELC103 Intermediate Modern Chinese I
ELC105 Modern Chinese for Heritage Students
ELC201 Modern Chinese Literature (taught in Chinese)
ELC202 Contemporary Chinese Literature (taught in Chinese)
ELC203 Classic Chinese Literature (taught in Chinese)
ELK101 Elementary Korean I
ELK102 Elementary Korean II
ELK103 Intermediate Korean I
ELK201 Modern Korean Literature (taught in Korean)
[Note] One Chinese or Korean language course depending on the placement score.
ELC101 and ELK101 are not paired with the 102-level course for Japanese Option students.
Select one of the following courses:
HUA101 Introduction to Art
HUA191 The Art of Eastern Asia
HUC106 Public Speaking
HUC150 The Art of Film
HUM101 Introduction to Music
HUN195 Art in New York
HUP101 Introduction to Philosophy
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues
Social Science
Select one of the following courses:
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE105 International Economics
SSE125 World Geography
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSP200 Global Politics
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
SSH231 Afro-American History
SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
SSP220 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
Unrestricted electives: 3 Credits

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