Undergraduate 2017-2018

Asian Studies B.A. - K-12 Japanese Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: World Languages (grades K-12)

College Of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Fumiko Fukuta, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 0140

Telephone: 970.351.2685

Fax: 970.351.2829

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering. Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; http://ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits
  4. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The program in Asian Studies prepares individuals who have a broad understanding of Asia as a region, and in-depth understanding of a particular region of Asia through the study of the languages, history, literatures, arts, and cultures of Asia. The Japanese K-12 Teaching Emphasis program builds competency in language, culture, literature, and history through a range of interdisciplinary courses. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have a highly individualized but broad familiarity with the region, and will also understand the history and culture of Asia, and how this history and the various Asian cultures affect its current dynamics. Students will also have linguistic competency in Japanese, and be able to teach Japanese and Japanese culture to students.

The program fosters knowledge and study of international, specifically Asian, issues, as well as national and local diversity by inclusion of courses on the Asian Diaspora. Courses in Asian civilizations, literature, and history train students in Asian culture, and develop their cultural competence. Because the program encourages study abroad to one of UNC’s direct exchange partner institutions in Asian countries, this program prepares student to work effectively with diverse populations.

The program’s extracurricular activities encourage cultural consciousness and communication skills while developing leadership, organizational, and professional abilities. Participation is optional. Activities include language immersion weekend, regular Japanese Language Club meetings, World Language Day, and Lunar New Year Celebration.


Program Admission Requirement:

  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Advising and advisor’s signature are required each semester before registration

Program Requirements:

  • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in courses to be counted towards the major.
  • Students must achieve a rating of Intermediate-high in Japanese demonstrated through an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Degree Requirements - 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC - 9 credits

LAC area 3.b. - Literature and Humanities

CHIN 216Masterpieces in Chinese Literature


LAC area 3.d. - World Languages

JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese I


LAC area 4 - History

HIST 113Asian Civilizations II: From 1500 to the Present


Remaining LAC - 31 credits

See "Liberal Arts Core".

2. Required Major - 24 credits

Take all of the following courses:

HIST 311History of Japan


JAPN 116Contemporary Japan


JAPN 301Japan and the Japanese I


JAPN 422Directed Studies

1- 4

JAPN 450Japanese Literature


JAPN 422: Take 3 credits.

Choose 9 credits from the following courses:

FL 296Study Abroad Experience


FL 395Special Topics

1- 4

JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II


JAPN 302Japan and the Japanese II


JAPN 407Japanese for Oral Proficiency


JAPN 450Japanese Literature


FL 296 and FL 395 must focus on Japan or be taught in Japanese, and may be taken for credit only when approved by the Japanese faculty advisor.

JAPN 407 and JAPN 450 are repeatable up to 9 credits.

3. University Wide Credits - 18 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, it would typically be 18 credits.

4. Required PTEP - 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 110 required semester before; see www.unco.edu/teach/check.html

EDFE 170Introduction to Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


EDFE 170: Take 2 credits

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 270Field Based Experience


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers



PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

EDFE 370Advanced Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


FL 341Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages


FL 440Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages in K-6


EDFE 370: Take 2 credits

EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits)

EDFE 130 required semester before.

EDFE 444Supervised Student Teaching


  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do no accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old.  PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

A 2.5 grade point average is required before students may see approval for full admission to the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program and to be recommended for teacher licensure.

In order to obtain approval for a student teaching assignment, a Japanese K-12 teaching major must have obtained a grade of (3.0) or better in FL 341 and have successfully passed the ACTFL OPI oral proficiency exam. (Consult advisor).

Teaching Skills are developed through advising and consultation with program faculty, through FL 341 and FL 440, and through the courses in the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

In order to be recommend for a teacher licensure, a 2.5 grade point average is required at the completion of the program in those courses that count towards the major and that were taken at UNC.