May 26, 2024  
Catalog 2024-25 
Catalog 2024-25

Japanese Culture & History, Minor

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The Japanese Culture and History Minor is for students interested in Japan, who may wish to work for a wider global experience, or who may wish to work with the Japanese in their careers.

The general focus of this minor is Japanese culture from a historical perspective that allows you to attain an understanding of the archipelago’s dynamic history. You will be introduced to philosophical and psychological perspectives (ideas, beliefs, attitudes, values), the practices, customs, and creative works of the Japanese culture such as literature, art, and music. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the Japanese-American experience from both Japanese and American historical perspectives. All courses are taught in English.

As career preparation and enhancement, a Japanese History and Culture minor integrates well with all other CSUMB majors, especially those encompassing science and technology, the arts, education, and business. Some of our students have been attracted to trilingual media and environmental science opportunities (Japanese-Spanish-English) and other interesting Pacific Rim career fields.

Learning Outcomes

Cultural Knowledge

Students will be able to provide a comparative description and basic analysis of the people, history and culture of Japan; engage in learning about the evolution of cultural customs and practices from the traditional into the modern; attain an appropriate knowledge base and other skills necessary for cross-cultural communications acquired by exploring non-western ways of thinking and perspectives as revealed in such topics as social issues, popular culture, Japanese mind, anime, literature and other related topics.

Historical Knowledge

Students will be able to identify and describe significant historical periods and patterns of change, from the development of Japan’s ancient cultures and civilization to the emergence of the Japanese nation-state, and related social, economic and political revolutions, culminating with the rise of modern Japan; and can employ processes of critical historical inquiry.

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