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Linguistics BA - Japanese Language and Linguistics Concentration - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeff Good

Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Mitsuaki Shimojo
Director of Japanese Program

Associated Programs

Completing the Linguistics BA - Japanese Language and Linguistics Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisite courses.

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Academic Advice

Students with prior Japanese language proficiency should consult with the program director to arrange an appropriate program.

Transfer Credit Policy

Due to the fact that relatively few students arrive at UB having taken a significant number of linguistics or Japanese courses, the Department of Linguistics does not have specific transfer credit policies. The possibility of transfer credits can be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the program directors.

Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
LIN 301 Structure of English: Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Lexicon and Grammar
JPN 101 and JPN 102 (first year) or demonstrated proficiency*
JPN 201 and 202 (second year) or demonstrated proficiency*
JPN 411 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics OR JPN 421 Japanese Language and Culture
JPN 494 Senior Capstone Course

One 300/400-level course in linguistics (3 credits, such as the following):

Five 300/400-level courses in specialization language (minimum of 15 credits, such as the following):

  • JPN 301 Third Year First Semester Japanese
  • JPN 302 Third Year Second Semester Japanese
  • JPN 361 Technical Japanese
  • JPN 362 Technical Japanese II
  • JPN 401 Fourth Year First Semester Japanese
  • JPN 402 Fourth Year Second Semester Japanese
  • JPN 451 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • JPN 499 Japanese Independent Study

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

*Students are required to complete the first 4 language courses unless waived by the Department based on placement results or demonstrated proficiency.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for Honors in the Linguistics BA must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher within the major and complete LIN 497 for three credits as one of their elective options with a grade of B or higher where they will work with a faculty advisor on a major research paper or project. For those students enrolled in the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Language and Linguistics concentrations, LIN 497 may replace the otherwise required Senior Capstone course associated with those concentrations.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Linguistics BA - Japanese Language and Linguistics Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major36-54**
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 41
Additional Credits Required for Electives25-43**
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

**Students must demonstrate Japanese proficiency through the second year (up to 18 credits). The bachelor degree requires 120 credits total, therefore the number of additional electives required will vary based on the number of language credits needed.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:52