Japanese Courses

Class is divided into two components—lecture (fact class) and recitation (act class). In lecture class, you will learn about grammar, word usage, and culture. Recitation (act) classes are kept small (about a dozen or fewer students) so that you can practice using language in real and simulated situations with native speaker instructors.

In the first two years, class meets seven times a week, two for lecture and five for recitation. In third year Japanese, class meets five times a week, 1 1/2 for lecture and 3 1/2 for recitation. Fourth year Japanese meets four times a week.

If you have a question about our language program, contact Stephen Luft.

Fall 2019 (2201) 

Course Description Credit
0001 First Year Japanese 1 5
0003 Second Year Japanese 1 5
0007 Japanese Culture and Civilization 3
0083 Introduction to Japanese Literature ​3
1020 Third Year Japanese 1 3
1011 Basic Japanese Language 1 ​5
1023 Aspects of the Japanese Language 3
1050 Fourth Year Japanese 3
1081 Forms of Japanese Theater 3
1901 Independent Study variable
1908 Directed Writing for Majors 3

Spring 2020 (2204) TENTATIVE

Course Description   Credit
0002 First Year Japanese   5
0004 Second Year Japanese   5
0007 Japanese Culture and Civilization   3
1011 Basic Japanese Language 2   4
1021 Third Year Japanese 2   3
0081 East Asia in the World    
1035 Pragmatics in  Japanese   3
1058 Westerns and Samurai Films   3
1070 World of Japan: History of Japanese Music   3
1080 Ghosts, Masks, and Actors   3
1800 Special Topics   3
1901 Independent Study   variable
1908 Directed Writing for Majors   3
1999 Capstone   3

Summer (2020) TENTATIVE 

Course Description Credit
1061 Intensive Japanese 1 10
1062 Intensive Japanese 2 10
1020 Third Year Japanese 1  3
1021 Third Year Japanese 2  3

East Asian Studies (EAS)

EAS courses are graduate courses primarily intended for IDMA students. Special permission is required for these courses; contact Department at 412-624-5568.

Course Description Credit
2000 Res & Thesis MA Degree 1-6
2005 Sources and Methods in EAS 3
2701 Reading Japanese 1 (tutorial) 3
2902 Directed Study 1-6
2990 Independent Study 1-6  

Check the online descriptions for specific sections for various faculty. Contact Paula Locante (412-624-5568) plocante@pitt.edu if you will be working with a professor not listed.  Course descriptions for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.