Japanese

The courses below are offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 407 Kent
212-854-5027
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/ealac

Admission to Language Courses and Language Placement Test

Students who wish to begin study of a language at a level beyond first-term elementary and students who have had a break of a semester or more in their language study must pass a language placement test before registering. The test will be given on the Friday before the first day of classes. Please see the departmental Web site for additional information.


Directory of Classes

The course information displayed on this page relies on an external system and may be incomplete. Please visit East Asian Languages and Cultures on the Directory of Classes for complete course information.

After finding your course in the Directory of Classes, click on the section number to open an expanded view. The "Open To" field will indicate whether the course is open to School of Professional Studies students. If School of Professional Studies is not included in the field, students may still be able to cross-register for the course by obtaining permission after being admitted to an academic program.


JPNS C1201 Second-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1102 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required. 

JPNS C1202 Second-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1201 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required. 

JPNS F1101 First-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Same course as JPNS C1101.

JPNS F1102 First-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Same course as JPNS C1102.

JPNS F1201 Second-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1101-1102 or JPNS F1101-1102.

Same course as JPNS C1201. Further practice in reading, writing, conversation, and grammar.

JPNS F1202 Second-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1101-1102 or JPNS F1101-1102.

Same course as JPNS C1202. Further practice in reading, writing, conversation, and grammar.

JPNS GU4007 Introduction To Classical Japanese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the fundamentals of classical Japanese grammar. Trains students to read Japanese historical and literary texts from the early period up to the 20th century.

Fall 2017: JPNS GU4007
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4007 001/70248 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
David Lurie 4 12/15

JPNS GU4017 Fourth-Year Japanese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4006 or the equivalent.

Sections 1 & 2: Readings of advanced modern literary, historical, political, and journalistic texts, and class discussions about current issues and videos. Exercises in scanning, comprehension, and English translation. Section 3: Designed for advanced students interested in developing skills for reading and comprehending modern Japanese scholarship.

Fall 2017: JPNS GU4017
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4017 001/14893 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
423 Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 4 12/12
JPNS 4017 002/64476 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
424 Kent Hall
Jisuk Park 4 9/12

JPNS UN1001 Introductory Japanese A. 2.5 points.

The sequence begins in the spring term. JPNS W1001-W1002 is equivalent to JPNS C1101 or F1101 and fulfills the requirement for admission to JPNS C1102 or F1102. Aims at the acquisition of basic Japanese grammar and Japanese culture with an emphasis on accurate communication in speaking and writing. CC GS EN CE GSAS

Spring 2017: JPNS UN1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1001 001/83548 M W 11:40am - 12:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Naofumi Tatsumi 2.5 15/18
JPNS 1001 002/86097 M W 5:40pm - 6:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Toshiko Omori 2.5 16/18
JPNS 1001 003/87247 T Th 10:10am - 11:15am
522c Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 2.5 16/18
JPNS 1001 004/87797 T Th 5:40pm - 6:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Toshiko Omori 2.5 17/18

JPNS UN1002 Introductory Japanese B. 2.5 points.

Prerequisites: C+ or above in JPNS W1001 or pass the placement test.

The sequence begins in the spring term. JPNS W1001-W1002 is equivalent to JPNS C1101 or F1101 and fulfills the requirement for admission to JPNS C1102 or F1102. Aims at the acquisition of basic Japanese grammar and Japanese culture with an emphasis on accurate communication in speaking and writing. CC GS EN CE GSAS

Fall 2017: JPNS UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1002 001/61521 M W 5:40pm - 6:45pm
Room TBA
Toshiko Omori 2.5 12/12
JPNS 1002 002/25510 T Th 5:40pm - 6:45pm
Room TBA
Nestor Serrano 2.5 12/12

JPNS UN1101 First-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Lab Required

Basic training in Japanese through speaking, listening, reading and writing in various cultural contexts. 

Fall 2017: JPNS UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1101 001/67089 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
405 Kent Hall
Keiko Okamoto 5 12/12
JPNS 1101 002/64031 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
405 Kent Hall
Naofumi Tatsumi 5 4/12
JPNS 1101 003/77397 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
6c Kraft Center
Naoko Sourial 5 3/12
JPNS 1101 004/20184 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
522c Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 5 8/12
JPNS 1101 005/73538 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 12/12
JPNS 1101 006/76978 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522a Kent Hall
Asami Tsuda 5 5/12
JPNS 1101 007/65311 M T W Th 5:40pm - 6:45pm
522a Kent Hall
Asami Tsuda 5 4/12

JPNS UN1102 First-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1101, F1101, or W1001-W1002, or the equivalent.

Basic training in Japanese through speaking, listening, reading and writing in various cultural contexts. 

Spring 2017: JPNS UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1102 001/91597 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
424 Kent Hall
Naofumi Tatsumi 5 15/18
JPNS 1102 002/93748 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Jisuk Park 5 18/18
JPNS 1102 003/96846 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
405 Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 5 17/18
JPNS 1102 004/97697 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Keiko Okamoto 5 13/18
JPNS 1102 005/76031 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Naoko Sourial 5 14/18

JPNS UN2201 Second-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1102 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required.

Fall 2017: JPNS UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 2201 001/76393 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
Room TBA
Jisuk Park 5 12/12
JPNS 2201 002/17379 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 12/12
JPNS 2201 003/68479 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Miharu Nittono 5 10/12
JPNS 2201 004/64767 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522d Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 11/12

JPNS UN2202 Second-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1201 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required.

Spring 2017: JPNS UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 2202 001/72192 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Jisuk Park 5 10/18
JPNS 2202 002/87192 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 16/18
JPNS 2202 003/94695 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Miharu Nittono 5 10/18
JPNS 2202 004/19258 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Naofumi Tatsumi 5 11/18

JPNS UN3005 Third-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

Fall 2017: JPNS UN3005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 3005 001/28350 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
Room TBA
Keiko Okamoto 5 12/12
JPNS 3005 002/74373 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 5 12/12
JPNS 3005 003/65201 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
411 Kent Hall
Naofumi Tatsumi 5 3/12

JPNS UN3006 Third-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4005 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

Spring 2017: JPNS UN3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 3006 001/26001 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
255 International Affairs Bldg
Keiko Okamoto 5 16/15
JPNS 3006 002/26250 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 5 11/15

JPNS W4005 Third-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

JPNS W4006 Third-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4005 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

JPNS W4019 Kanbun. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4007 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the fundamentals of reading Chinese-style Japanese and related forms, using literary and historical texts. CC GS EN CE GSAS

JPNS W4101 Fourth-Year Japanese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4006 or the equivalent.

Sections 1 & 2: Readings of advanced modern literary, historical, political, and journalistic texts, and class discussions about current issues and videos. Exercises in scanning, comprehension, and English translation. Section 3: Designed for advanced students interested in developing skills for reading and comprehending modern Japanese scholarship.

JPNS W4519 Kanbun. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4007 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the fundamentals of reading Chinese-style Japanese and related forms, using literary and historical texts. CC GS EN CE GSAS

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.