Major in Japanese with Teaching Certification

MAJOR: Global Language/Japanese Teaching Certification Track

Bachelor of Arts

Required Courses   19 hrs  
GLT 100T Transitions 1
JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I 3
JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II 3
JPN 301 Conversation and Composition II 3
JPN 302 Conversation and Composition II 3
JPN 331 Advanced Language Practice 3
JPN 460 Studies in a Genre 3
Limited Electives   6 hrs
GLT 400 Senior Seminar 3
and one of the following:    
JPN 421 Topics in Japanese Literature 3
JPN 441 Topics in Japanese Cultural Studies 3
JPN 460 Studies in a Genre 3
Approved Electives in Japanese   9 hrs
JPN 401 Advanced Japanese I 3
JPN 402 Advanced Japanese II 3
and one of the following:    
JPN 306 Introduction to Japanese Literature 3
JPN 315 Global Cinema in Japanese 3
JPN 323 Japanese Culture and Civilization 3
JPN 324 Contemporary Japanese Culture and Civilization 3
JPN 350 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 3
Required Support Course   3 hrs
One of the following:    
ART 425 Art of Asia 3
HIS 340 Modern East Asia 3
HIS 475 Modern Japan 3
POL 454 Government and Politics of Asia 3
Required for Teaching Certificate   34 hrs
EDU 280 Educating for Human Development 3
EDU 485 Professional Perspectives for Teaching 1
GLT 514 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages 3
HUM 180 Exploring Teaching in the Humanities 3
HUM 380 Inclusive Teaching of Diverse Learners in Humanities 3
SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools 3
SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School 14
SEC 422 Extended Practicum 4
University Studies Requirements   41-44 hrs
Electives   0-5 hrs
Total Curriculum Requirements   120 hrs



  • Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course, as well as in a University Studies math course, a public speaking course, and EDU 103 or an equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met.
  • Credit for JPN 101 and JPN 102 may not be used for the major but will be counted for graduation.
  • JPN 201 and JPN 202 also satisfy modern language requirements for the B.A.
  • All majors and minors must earn a C or higher in JPN 301, which serves as a gateway course to upper-level culture and literature courses.
  • Majors must earn passing scores on the third-year proficiency exams to enroll in GLT 400.
  • The department strongly recommends that majors study abroad for at least one summer.

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.