Asian Languages and Civilizations

Course Offerings

You need not have studied Japanese before entering Amherst to join our program. Many who do take Japanese here have neither heard nor seen the Japanese language before coming to Amherst. Some may have had a little exposure, and still others may already have taken a few years of Japanese at high school or elsewhere. We welcome all students with different backgrounds in our program. If you have previously studied Japanese or have had some exposure to the language, and want to ask questions about our program, please contact the Director of the Program before registering for classes (please e-mail your questions to Wako Tawa).

The following courses are the sequential courses of the Japanese language at Amherst College. See "Course catalogue" for their descriptions.




First LevelJapanese 101

Japanese 104

Review and progressJapanese 103Japanese 102
Second LevelJapanese 201Japanese 202
Third LevelJapanese 301Japanese 302
Fourth LevelJapanese 401Japanese 402
Fifth LevelJapanese 411Japanese 412
Kanji Class (half course)Japanese 209HJapanese 210H
Special TopicsJapanese 490, 490HJapanese 490, 490H

Yushien Garden